Drawing flak from the opposition and civil society that there was no clear information on the availability of beds in Bengaluru to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, the Karnataka government on Wednesday asked all private hospitals in the city to display information at their reception counter itself.
Though a Government Order (GO) issued earlier states that 50% of all hospital beds under Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) limits should be reserved for COVID-19 patients, it has been reported that several citizens were struggling to find a hospital bed, at government and private institutions.
In a notification dated July 15, the government has said, â€ś...some patients are finding difficulty in getting beds even after the allocation is made by (the) central allocation system of BBMP. This is causing a lot of hardship to patients. Therefore, it is made mandatory that all hospitals registered under Karnataka Private Medical Establishment (KPME) Act should display at the reception counter, a bed allocation display board.â€ť
The state government said that the board should should display the following details:
1. Name of the Hospital.
2. Total number of beds (as per of KPME registration)
3. Total number of beds allocated for COVID-19 patients referred by BBMP (Minimum 50% of total hospital beds)
The government mandated that the board should also have a column titled reserved, occupied and available, notifying the breakdown of beds.
Further, the notification stated that the â€śdata must corroborate with the data of the central bed allocation system of BBMP.â€ť
The notification issued by Chief Secretary TM Vijay Bhaskar said that the board should be ready by Thursday.
â€śDisplay board should be arranged by July 16. Noncompliance of this order will attract punishment under relevant sections of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 and Indian Penal Code,â€ť the notification stated.
The BBMP has also set up a dashboard showing real-time bed availability for COVID-19 patients, which can be accessed here.