Act against hospitals not sharing data on beds, governments told, Health News, ET HealthWorld

NEW DELHI: An angry Delhi high court on Thursday expressed displeasure over the failure of the Centre and Delhi government in verifying if hospitals treating Covid-19 patients are sharing real-time data on bed availability.

The high court asked authorities to “tighten” their administration and take stern action against “adamant hospitals” that fail to intimate this crucial information. “Your people should verify all data given by hospitals. Governments — both central and state — are pumping hard-earned public money into all this. Yet there are some adamant hospitals,” a bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan said during a virtual hearing.

The high court’s strong remarks came after the lawyer appointed by it as amicus curiae, to find out the status of beds in hospitals, reported that four of them — RML, GTB, Apollo and Saroj — are not updating availability of beds in real-time. The amicus also claimed that as per media reports, one of the hospitals refused to admit a patient.

Taking a stern view of the gaps pointed out, the court observed, “Your (central and Delhi government) officers have to be strict. Replace your officers if they are too friendly with hospitals. Either change your officer or we will do it. What the amicus has shown, your officers are unable to see.” It reminded the governments that if the hospitals did not comply, the authorities need to take stern action.

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