The Hyderabad government has decided to probe into complaints that some private hospitals were reserving rooms and ICU beds in advance for VIPs and moneybags in the city.
Among a slew of complaints received against private hospitals, authorities said that VIP’s were paying an advance booking of Rs 1.5 lakh per day for beds. This is being looked at as a serious offence as the practice has become rampant over the last one month.
“Some VIPs suspecting that they may have contracted the virus or might need a bed in future are approaching hospitals who then reserve beds,” said director (public health) Dr G Srinivas Rao said. “Such cases have come to the notice of the health department and this is completely unethical. We will be conducting a detailed inquiry,” Rao told. It is also reported that those who have booked these rooms are politicians, actors, jewellers and some businessmen.
At a time when patients are running from pillar to post to get a bed and even patients in critical condition are being turned away by hospitals, there are at least four hospitals in city where the unethical practice of booking beds in advance has been reported, officials said.