Resorting firm steps regarding availing the services of private hospitals to deal with COVID-19 pandemic Mayor Sandip Joshi directed officials to issue notices to all 637 private hospitals to start treating coronavirus patients or face action. A delegation of Vidarbha Hospitals Association (VHA) met mayor with an appeal to remove the dilemma over the instructions passed from time to time. Mayor interacted with the delegation and said that the number of coronavirus positive cases is on rise and crossed 50,000 marks in district.
Number of patients in critical condition too is increasing. The patients and their relatives are facing the problems of availability of beds. “At present Nagpur has 637 private hospitals whose services can be availed by reserving 5 beds each in all these hospitals for Covid treatment. The hospitals which are unable to provide the services should deploy their manpower at Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) run hospitals. NMC has 200 beds. They are not able to render healthcare services due to lack of manpower,” mayor added. Joshi warned private hospitals to not to ignore the notice by NMC, else they would face strict action like cancellation of licence. He also talked about Government’s initiative of constituting Pre-Audit Committee to monitor the complaints regarding the private hospitals charging exorbitantly from the patients. Taking serious cognizance of these complaints, Government has constituted Pre-Audit Committee and the letter with that regards has been sent by State Chief Secretary to NMC. The civic body too has constituted a committee to inspect the bills.