Hyderabad: After disallowing Deccan Hospital to treat COVID patients yesterday, the Telangana government issued fresh orders on Tuesday, August 4th, revoking permissions from Virinchi Hospital.
The order issued by the Director of Public Health and Family Welfare, Dr G Srinivas Rao, stated that the Virinchi Hospital will no longer be allowed to treat patients affected by coronavirus.
The government in June issued a cap on the amount that can be charged by private hospitals for treating COVID patients. The order, however, read that the government has witnessed cases of Virinchi Hospital overcharging and not following the cap.
'It has been observed that M/s Virinchi Hospital, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad has been charging exorbitant rates, improper and surplus billing and not adhering to the ceiling guidelines...' the order read.
After investigating the complaints that the government had received, it was found that they were indeed correct.
Recently, there had been reports of a ill-treatment with the sub inspeter of Jogipet Police who was admitted to Virinchi Hospital. It was alleged that due to shortage of ventilators, the hospital staff had forced them to shift to Gandhi Hospital. He succumbed to the disease last week.
Henceforth restricting the hospital from admitting any COVID patients and treating them, the government issued revoked its license under the provisions of Telangana Allopathic Private Medical Care Establishments (Registration and Regulation) Act 2002 and Epidemic Diseases Act 1987.
Virinchi earmarked 130 beds for Covid treatment. At present 118 patients are admitted there. The hospital can continue to treat them, but it should not accept new admissions.
It further said that if the hospital fails to comply with these instructions, their registration will be cancelled completely.
On Monday, August 3rd, the government revoked the license of Somajiguda-based Deccan Hospital for treating patients affected by COVID-19. The action was a result of several complaints against the hospital for charges excess for COVID treatment.