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Patients told to find new hospitals half-way into their treatment

Patients told to find new hospitals half-way into their treatment

Till now, patients were facing the challenge of finding a bed in the hospital. But now, patients who have been admitted in hospitals for mild care are having to wait for ICU beds in other hospitals if their situation worsens.

Devaki, whose mother was admitted in a private hospital, had to experience this trauma in the middle of her mother’s treatment. Two days after she was admitted, her condition worsened and she had to be shifted to ICU. But, the private hospital said that the ICU bed was not available in that hospital and so she was asked to find beds elsewhere. “We took my mother to the hospital, assuming that she will be given full treatment. But being told to leave mid-way leaves us nowhere,” she said.

Shyam Aradhya, whose father was in hospital, is in a similar situation. “My father has been admitted to hospital and I have been asked to find a bed as he needs oxygen support but beds are not available. Though I have been requesting the hospital to continue treatment, they are not listening,” he said.

Reserve 80% beds for covid

The Karnataka Government has asked private hospitals to reserve 80 per cent of all the beds available for covid treatment in Bengaluru. Terming the current situation as a ‘medical emergency’, Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar on Thursday said, “Except dialysis, mother and child care and life threatening diseases, all other hospital beds in Bengaluru city will be dedicated to Covid patients. This would mean an increase of 7,000 beds for covid.”


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