To keep a strict vigil on charitable hospitals and the percentage of beds they reserve for the poor,the state government has passed a resolution to track such hospitals in the city online.
As several charitable hospitals have flouted regulations,we will now implement online monitoring to keep a regular check, said Dr Archana Patil,additional director in Directorate of Health Services.
The system entails real-time monitoring. A hospital is supposed to update information immediately after a patient from the economically weaker section comes for treatment. Details like total number of beds,percentage reserved for the poor,and the number of patients treated will have to be reported.
Health inspectors will regularly visit the hospitals to check whether the online data fed by hospitals is correct. Action will be taken if discrepancy is reported, a senior official from the health ministry said.
Currently,the online system has been enforced only in Mumbai. Of the 407 charitable hospitals across the state,Mumbai has the maximum (80),followed by Pune (49).
The charitable hospitals,usually run by trusts,get subsidised rates for land,electricity and water. Under the Rajiv Gandhi Jeevandayi Arogya Yojna (RGJAY),these hospitals are supposed to reserve 10 per cent of beds and facilities for BPL (below poverty line) families and an additional 10 per cent beds for the economically weaker sections at concessional rate.
In March,of the 49 hospitals inspected in the city,only 11 were reserving 20 per cent beds for the poor. Except Parsi General Hospital,which reserved more than 20 per cent beds,others were either allotting beds meant for poor people to general patients or not reserving beds at all.