The Delhi Government has said that suspected COVID-19 patients, ranging moderate to severe categories, cannot be denied admission by any hospital in Delhi even if they have not proved to be COVID Positive.
The decision comes in the wake of several complaints that people showing symptoms of coronavirus infection are not allowed to get admitted in various facilities. The order, issued by the Delhi Govt on Saturday, prohibits hospitals from denying admission to patients suspected of having the coronavirus infection.
Earlier today the chief minister had assured citizens there was no shortage of hospital beds in the capital for Covid-19 patients even as he lashed out at private hospitals for indulging in “black marketing of beds” and charging patients lakhs of rupees.
Several people had taken to social media to complain that they have been unable to get their relatives tested at Delhi hospitals or get them admitted. Kejriwal said his government has taken note of the matter and decided to deploy medical professionals at each private hospital to keep a tab on available beds.
According to the order, all hospitals operating in Delhi, whether run by the city government, Centre, local bodies, the army or private facilities, shall ensure no patient who has COVID-19 symptoms and falls in moderate or severe category is denied admission on the pretext that he or she does not have a coronavirus test report.
The directions have been given to medical superintendents, medical directors and heads of various facilities in Delhi.
Read the Order Here;Revised-Order-on-patient-admission-in-all-Hospitals-in-Delhi-dt.-6-6-2020
-India Legal Bureau