Bengaluru Hospital ”bed scam”: BJP MP alleges hospitals blocked beds in fake names to make money

Bengaluru Hospital ”bed scam”: BJP MP alleges hospitals blocked beds in fake names to make money

Bengaluru, May 4 (PTI) BJP MP Tejasvi Surya on Tuesday
alleged that hospitals in the city ”blocked” beds in fake
names to make money, at a time when COVID-19 cases were
rising in the country and Karnataka.

At least 4,065 beds were ”blocked” in fake names by
the hospitals to make a killing, the BJP Yuva Morcha
president and Bengaluru South BJP MP alleged.

Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said he will take
action ”mercilessly” against the hospitals, their management
and government officials and will not spare anyone who is
involved in it.

As COVID cases are rising, the Karnataka government
has ordered the private hospitals and nursing homes to
reserve 80 per cent of beds for coronavirus patients.

However, according to Surya, government officials in
Bengaluru colluded with private nursing homes and hospitals
to block the beds and reserve it for exorbitant fees.

“When people are struggling to find a bed in the
hospital and begging everyone including MPs and MLAs to give
them one, there are hospitals who say that no beds are
vacant,” Surya told reporters.

According to him, those in the BBMP (city
corporation) war room in Bengaluru get all the details about
those testing positive such as whether they are asymptomatic
or symptomatic.

If they are asymptomatic, they will be kept under
home isolation but beds will be booked in different hospitals
in their names, he alleged.

In one instance, beds were booked in 12 hospitals in
the name of one patient, Surya said, adding, these beds are
”sold” to the needy at a much higher price.

“When families after families are getting wiped out
for lack of proper treatment, these incidents are not just
corruption. This is murder,” Surya told reporters.

Taking serious note of the incident, the state
government ordered a police investigation. Accordingly, a
case has been registered.

Bengaluru city police Commissioner Kamal Pant tweeted
on Tuesday that the matter has been handed over to the
Central Crime Branch and two people have been arrested and
others were being questioned.

“A case has been registered in Jayanagar Police
Station for fraud and cheating allegedly committed in
allotment of beds on BBMP portal for #COVID patients. Two
accused have been arrested and others are being
questioned for alleged fraud/irregularity in the allotment of
beds in return for money from patients,” he tweeted.

Replying to the Commissioner”s tweet, the BJP MP
wrote: “Thank you for the swift action. I sincerely hope the
kingpins, senior officials, are held for their omissions and
“System won”t reform if some small fry elements
are held as is mostly done. Have lots of faith in you,

Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Bollyinsidestaff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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