Updated 15th October 2020 | 10:33 IST
The Delhi government has removed the North MCD-run Hindu Rao Hospital from the list of designated Covid-19 hospitals within the capital. Over the past few months, the hospital has witnessed protests over salary delays by resident doctors and nurses.
In an order issued Tuesday, the health department said Hindu Rao Hospital was declared a delegated Covid hospital on Flag Day insight of a surge in cases at the time. “A request has been received from the Commissioner, North Delhi Municipal Corporation, for converting Bara Hindu Rao Hospital to a non-Covid hospital. The matter has been examined and insight of low average bed occupancy of the hospital, and request received from the NDMC, the hospital is being faraway from the list of designated Covid-19 hospitals with immediate effect,” it said.
Last Saturday, the govt had ordered shifting of Covid patients from the hospital to its own facilities, with Health Minister Satyendar Jain saying the civic body is unable to manage its hospitals.
“The civic body has not been ready to manage its responsibilities. watching things, we’ve pitched in order that patients don’t suffer more. If they will run the hospitals, it’s fine, if not, they will hand them over to the Delhi government. The MCD has been misusing public money which they collect within the name of taxes. Corruption is high and therefore the civic body isn’t curious about managing issues, which is why they need did not solve their problems,” Jain said on Tuesday.
However, BJP spokesperson Harish Khurana claimed AAP isn’t giving money thanks to the MCD because it wants to paralyze it financially in order that they can come to power.
The move to shift patients had come each day after resident doctors went on a “symbolic indefinite strike” over their unpaid salaries. a complete of 20 patients were shifted – 17 to Lok Nayak Hospital and three to Aruna Asaf Ali Hospital – while three who are in ICU still remain at the hospital.
Sanitization of the 900-bed hospital started on Sunday. Sources said the OPD is predicted to be opened again to regular patients during a few days.