Govt website tracking free beds starts functioning after 2 years
After more than two years, the Delhi government’s website tracking the availability of free beds at private hospitals for the poor on a real-time basis started working on Thursday. The website had been dysfunctional as the people running it had quit with all the passwords.
The website, which has been revived on directions of the Delhi high court, displays the availability of 659 beds from 42 hospitals.
“The website went online yesterday. All the hospitals have been asked to collect their login and passwords. Some of the hospitals are already updating the information and the website will likely become fully functional by Monday,” said Dr Kirti Bhushan, Delhi’s director general of health services.
Several private hospitals in the city have to mandatorily provide free treatment to patients from the economically weaker sections (EWS) of the society in lieu of subsidised government land.
Ten percent of the in-patient services and 25% of the outpa- tient services are reserved for the poor in these hospitals.
The website is developed by two programmers who have been hired under the state health mission by the Delhi government, ending the need for tie-up with private firms.
The current website will provide a real-time update on the number of normal beds, critical beds without ventilators and critical beds with ventilators. It also provides the numbers of a hospital and the contact person.
“For the almost two and a half years, no new hospitals had been added, the number of beds available in the hospitals were not being updated, and some of the hospitals that had shut were also being displayed. The website is necessary as it prevents patients from travelling hospital to hospital in search of free treatment,” said Ashok Agarwal, a social jurist who had filed a petition about the dysfunctional website.
■ Several private hospitals in the city have to mandatorily provide free treatment to patients from economically weaker section of the society.