"No Beds," Say Top Hospitals But Delhi COVID App Shows Many Vacant
While the Delhi government maintains that there is no shortage of beds for coronavirus patients in the capital, a number of prominent hospitals in the city have told NDTV that they are running at full capacity amid growing concerns over a surge in COVID-19 cases.
Max Hospitals, Fortis Hospitals and Holy Family Hospital said they do not any beds available despite a smartphone app developed by the Delhi government listing dozens of vacancies and officials assuring that there is no healthcare crisis in the capital city.
Following up the information from the "Delhi Corona" app, NDTV called the Fortis group of hospitals which runs a number of medical facilities in the city to check if they indeed had 32 beds available for patients.
"We do not have any vacant beds right now but if you share patient details, we will work upon it. All beds are occupied even the ICUs (Intensive Care Units). There is a problem with the app," a representative said.
A similar reply was provided by the Holy Family Hospital in South Delhi, which said none of the 69 beds listed as available on the app were actually vacant.
"No beds are available right now. The app is not being updated," an official in the admissions department said.
Max Hospitals, which runs a network of facilities in Delhi, also said they had no available beds even though the Delhi Corona app claimed it had around 200 vacancies.
"We are operating at 100 per cent occupancy across networks. We have no beds vacant ...
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