Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday warned of strong action against private hospitals who were turning away COVID-19 patients and were demanding huge sums of money from them to get them admitted. Kejriwal warned against indulging in “black-marketing of beds” and said that there was no no dearth of hospital beds in the national capital to treat COVID-19 patients.
He also said that the government will deploy medical professionals at each private hospital to keep a tab on available beds. “We will take strong action against such hospitals and they cannot refuse patients. Some time will be needed to break the mafia who are indulging in it. These few hospitals have political connections but they should not be under illusion that their political masters can save them,” he said in a virtual press briefing.
He, however, said only a few hospitals were indulging in such activities. He also said that they were in talks with owners of private hospitals to determine their problems in reserving 20% of their beds for COVID-19 patients. The chief minister also denied reports that testing of COVID-19 had been stopped in Delhi.