Govt web­site track­ing free beds starts func­tion­ing af­ter 2 years

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - - Gurugram / Delhi - Anonna Dutt anonna.dutt@htlive.com ■

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.

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■ Sev­eral pri­vate hospi­tals in the city have to manda­to­rily pro­vide free treat­ment to pa­tients from eco­nom­i­cally weaker sec­tion of the so­ci­ety.

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