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Ensure 80% occupancy of EWS beds, says Jain

Ensure 80% occupancy  of EWS beds, says Jain
The health department will appoint 85 Patient Welfare Officers (PWO) who will be deployed in private and government hospitals to assist and follow up the EWS cases. Millennium Post was the first paper to report the decision of the government in its news on March 4 ‘Delhi govt to ensure EWS beds in pvt hospitals are filled’.

“EWS cases will be refereed from government hospitals to the private ones through these Patient Welfare Officers and they will be responsible for follow up as well,” said Satyendra Kumar Jain, the health minister of Delhi government.

“We will ensure 80 per cent occupancy of EWS beds in these private hospitals,” he emphasised.
He further added that there are presently 623 EWS beds in 41 private hospitals out of which 19 are equipped with super speciality facilities. According to government data, these hospitals are saving at least Rs 75 crore per annum by denying facility to EWS patients.

Jain also informed that the department will open its own pharmacy in Apollo hospital to utilise 239 EWS beds for which a case is pending in the Supreme Court with next date of hearing on March 22.
The shop will provide 80 per cent concession on MRP of medicines to EWS patients.

“There are 46 hospitals liable to provide 10 per cent free beds for completely free treatment to EWS patients but government has notified only 41 private hospitals. The government must clarify those which have been exempted,” said Ashok Agarwal, the eminent jurist who is also a member of the court appointed EWS beds monitoring committee. The hearing in Apollo hospital case in the Supreme Court is on March 31 not on March 22, he added.

Agarwal, who is the lawyer in all EWS bed cases, demanded that the decision must be implemented from Thursday.

“If the Supreme Court gives a decision in our favour in the Apollo case, the final call of the government will be useless so it must be implemented from Thursday,” he added.
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