Karnataka Government reserves 75% of beds in Private Hospitals

Karnataka Government has decided to reserve 75% of beds in private medical college hospitals having facilities to treat COVID-19 patients. The state is threatened with a resurgence of COVID-19 cases, already declared as a pandemic by the World Health Organization. Karnataka Government reserves 75% of beds in private hospitals to treat Covid-19 patients.

A large number of persons affected by Covid-19 are in the need of treatment, which at present is being maintained by Public Health Institutions (PHIS) and 50% of bed strength in Private Healthcare Organizations. It has become imperative to increase the number of beds in private hospitals for the treatment of such patients.

Whereas, the surge in COVID-19 cases, particularly in the past two months, has necessitated ramping health infrastructure in the State, which has been done on a war footing. There is a need for optimization of existing resources in Public Health Institutions, Private Hospitals for providing effective treatment to COVID-19 infected persons based on the severity of the Infection/Condition given the increasing number of cases in the State.

75% of beds in private medical college hospitals having facilities to treat Covid-19 patients shall be reserved for the treatment of patients referred by the public health authorities. This will include the HDU and ICU beds both with and without Ventilators.

‘Non-adherence/Non-compliance to the order by any Private Healthcare Providers will be liable to be proceeded against as per the provisions of Section 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, besides legal action under the relevant section of IPC, and other legal provisions as applicable’ said P. Ravi Kumar (Chief Secretary to the Government of Karnataka) in a Press Release.

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