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COVID-19: Delhi govt seeks legal action against two private hospitals for misinformation regarding bed availability

While the name of the hospitals are yet unknown, Delhi government has cracked down on these hospitals under the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) rules.

April 18, 2021 / 07:18 PM IST
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal (Source: ANI)

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal (Source: ANI)

Amid a sharp spike in COVID-19 cases and scarcity of hospital beds in the national capital, Delhi government on April 18, filed an FIR against two private hospitals for displaying wrong information about vacant beds.

While the name of the hospitals are yet unknown, Delhi government has cracked down on these hospitals under the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) rules. After receiving a complaint against the South Delhi hospital that denied admission saying no bed was available despite the Delhi corona app indicating 239 beds were vacant, the Delhi government ordered legal action against the said hospital.

Similar action was taken against another hospital in Janakpuri. While the app showed 93 vacant beds, they denied admission to patients claiming that they do not have any vacant beds for COVID patients.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on April 17 gave stern directions to all officials that every hospital should ensure correct information on bed availability on the app, and also on the hospitals’ LED boards.