Panaji: Goa government on Sunday issued the order requisitioning the premises of the private hospitals for the purpose of its use to provide treatment to COVID-19 patients.
Secretary of State Executive Committee Sanjay Kumar has issued the order under section 65 of Disaster Management Act, 2005.
The order mentions that in order to provide sufficient beds for the treatment of COVID-19 patients, the private hospital were earlier directed to reserve certain share of their total beds capacity for the treatment of covid patients.
“The information have been received that private hospitals are either not admitting COVID-19 patients as per the earlier order issued for the reservation of beds or charging exorbitant fees for treatment of covid patients, and denying treatment to the DDSSY beneficiaries,” the order reads.
Kumar has said in the order “the competent authority has decided to requisition the premises of the private hospitals for the purpose of its use to provide treatment to Covid patients, along with the staff, vehicles and services, for a period of one month from the date of the issue of this order or till further order under section 65 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005.
The order reads that the existing hospital management will continue to operate the hospital and its services.
“However, henceforth, the admission of the patients for the 50 per cent of hospitals bed capacity of these private hospitals shall be done for Covid patients as per the directions of the designated officers of the Government and the payment for the treatment of DDSSY (state run insurance scheme) beneficiaries will be made by the Government to the Hospital based on the treatment provided and upon verification of the bills as per the rates fixed by Public Health Department,” the order adds.