At a time when many Covid sufferers in Bengaluru are reportedly struggling to seek out hospital beds for therapy, Bangalore South BJP MP Tejasvi Surya on Tuesday alleged that there was “widespread corruption” in allocating Covid beds in Karnataka’s capital metropolis.
“Bribes are being taken to allocate Covid beds. An unholy nexus of BBMP (Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike) officers, Arogya Mitras and sure personal brokers is behind this rip-off,” Surya alleged, claiming this had led to an “synthetic scarcity” of beds within the metropolis.
Talking to the media together with Basavangudi MLA Ravi Subramanya, Surya claimed “unscrupulous strategies” are being adopted and sufferers who require medical consideration are being denied hospital beds. He additionally claimed that in over 4,000 cases, the BBMP-in cost had booked beds within the identify of an asymptomatic affected person after being alerted of a emptiness.
“So, the identical mattress is once more allotted to a different affected person after a number of hours, both primarily based on financial concerns or affect by authorities in different circumstances. The widespread man calling the helpline is left excessive and dry,” he alleged.
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The BJP MP additionally claimed that there have been cases when many sufferers have been admitted shortly in sure hospitals — Manipal, Navachetana, Aster CMI and Aster RV — after midnight hours.
“When in every of the (eight) zones and on the helpline quantity (108) there are 100 bookings being accomplished per day on a mean, who’re the sufferers being admitted to hospitals and given Covid therapy?” he requested.
“Each day there are such a lot of sufferers who’re getting discharged, so many who’re sadly dying and due to this fact there should be beds which are made accessible every day. If you examine the BBMP web site, at any level of the day, it reveals all beds are blocked. How does this occur?” he additional questioned.
Surya additional claimed that he’s conscious of conditions the place sufferers have been requested to pay cash upfront to get a hospital mattress. “My workplace has tipped off the police in an occasion after which an accused was arrested,” he mentioned.
In the meantime, Karnataka Congress chief D Ok Shivakumar “congratulated” Surya, and MLAs Satish Reddy, Ravi Subramanya and Uday Garudachar for “exposing the corruption” within the allocation of beds to Covid sufferers.
“Below whose management is BBMP? They need to instantly identify the BJP minister liable for individuals’s struggling,” Shivakumar mentioned.
Surya’s allegations come at a time when Bengaluru reported 20,870 new Covid circumstances and 132 deaths on Tuesday. There was 44,631 new circumstances and 292 deaths within the state on the day.
These concerned in ‘mattress allotment rip-off’ to be arrested underneath provisions of Goonda Act: Dy CM
Reacting to the allegations, Deputy CM C N Ashwathnarayan mentioned that individuals discovered allotting beds for cash could be arrested underneath the Goonda Act.
“The general public can name 112 and lodge complaints about such practices. The extortion of cash from Covid sufferers won’t be tolerated. Nodal officers from the police division can be deployed to oversee such points,” he mentioned.
Head of the ministerial Covid activity power within the state, Ashwathnarayan, mentioned, “Blocking of beds won’t be allowed. Will probably be made obligatory for each authorities and personal hospitals to replace the standing of mattress allotment within the SAST (Suvarna Arogya Suraksha Belief) portal on a real-time foundation.”
The duty power additional defined that officers have been directed to make sure that the helpline quantity 1912 is working completely in any respect time and to automate the mattress allotment course of. “An Built-in Index App must also be created inside two days in an effort to streamline Covid administration,” Ashwathnarayan mentioned after a gathering with the members of the state activity power.