The state government has finally woke up to the Covid reality and decided to take over at least 50 per cent of beds in private hospitals. A decision to this effect was taken at a late-night meeting with the representatives of Telangana Super Speciality Hospitals Association representatives and the Health Minister Etela Rajendar.
Though late, the decision has finally come after the High Court’s reprimands over the private hospitals’ continuous fleecing. The Court on Thursday asked the government to adopt the Delhi model of covid management by taking over the beds in private hospitals as they continued to charge exorbitantly. The division bench comprising the Chief Justice Raghavendra Singh Chouhan while hearing about 18 PILs on private hospitals’ fleecing, covid testings, infrastructure etc, pointed out as to why the government not keen on taking action against Private Hospitals.
At one point, Chouhan said “the government is making a lot of noise on initiating action against private hospitals but the end of the day, nothing seems to be working out. It seems private hospitals are very powerful than the government”.
Following the court’s strictures, the Minister convened an emergency meeting and conveyed the decision. However, the modalities on the implementation of its decision need to be worked out. He reportedly instructed the officials to chalk out the methodology to decide on the number of beds in each hospital etc in another round of meeting which is likely to be held today.