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Manivannan-Alok Kumar duo expose Bengaluru hospital’s fudging on Covid beds

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FIR filed against CEO and management head of New Janapriya Hospital for not allotting 50% Covid beds to BBMP

BENGALURU:

When the Covid-19 pandemic broke out last year, it was the IAS-IPS team of Harsh Gupta and D Roopa who had paid surprise visits to private hospitals and booked those that had not complied with the government’s bed quota order under the Disaster Management Act. This time, during the second wave, the IAS-IPS vigilance team of P Manivannan and Alok Kumar has registered an FIR against New Janapriya Super Speciality Hospital in OMBR Layout of Banaswadi.

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The hospital management was caught on the wrong foot when the duo, dressed in PPE gear, entered the premises and found that the hospital had not provided 50% of its beds to BBMP for needy Covid-19 patients.

The duo were accompanied by Bescom’s Shivajinagar Executive Engineer Yogesh and the Veterinary College’s Assistant Professor Dr Bharath Kumar ML. On the direction of the IAS-IPS team, Dr Bharath filed a complaint with the Ramamurthynagar police station about the hospital’s non-compliance with the government orders.

‘6 beds were hidden’

As per sources, the team conducted an inspection of the hospital on Thursday from 12 to 12.30 pm and found that New Janapriya Hospital had hidden 6 beds from BBMP.

“As per the computer records of the hospital, only 36 beds were shown as the total number of beds available as against 42 beds. Hence, it is evident that 6 beds were kept off the records deliberately,” Dr Bharath mentioned in his complaint.

Further, the hospital had given only 4 beds to Covid patients under the government quota as against 21 as per the government’s 50% quota. During the inspection, the CEO of the hospital allegedly hid the fact that four beds were placed on the fourth floor where there is a provision only for a canteen, according to Dr Bharath.

The Ramamurthynagar police have filed an FIR under various sections of the IPC and the Disaster Management Act, 2005, against the hospital CEO Gangadhar Mallappa and its management head.

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