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BENGALURU: Private hospitals in Bengaluru on Wednesday claimed Covid-19 fears have shrunk their human resources, impairing their abilities to assist the government in the battle against the pandemic and attend to their own non-Covid patients.
According to Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes Association (Phana), the Bengaluru hospitals are facing a 30% shortage of doctors and 50% nurses and Group D staff.
Phana president-elect Dr Prasanna HM told reporters that private hospitals are facing severe shortage because healthcare workers are themselves getting infected and many have left the job. “We have infrastructure, not the staff. Human resource is most important in hospitals,” he added.
He said healthcare workers are scared and their families are concerned over them working in hospitals.
‘58 of 378 pvt hosps closed in past year’
This is very tough. The government has provided life insurance cover for health workers. We need health insurance cover, too. It’s only when they are made secure at work, would the employees return,” he said.
Phana members said the mandate that 50% of private hospital beds be shared with the government has made it tougher for them to accommodate non-Covid-19 patients. They described as kneejerk action the decision of the government to shut OPDs of two private hospitals for 48 hours over their refusal to admit Covid-19 patients referred to by the government.
Given the crisis, 58 of 378 private hospitals in Bengaluru have closed in the past year, Phana president Dr R Ravindra said.
The private hospitals are demanding they be provided antigen testing kits (for quick testing) and oxygen cylinders. “We are making a list and giving it to the government,” Dr Ravindra said.
“The government has data on beds of private hospitals and it’s untrue they do not have beds to treat non-Covid patients. It’s a pandemic situation, and private hospitals have to offer cooperation,” said K Sudhakar, medical education minister.