The IMA argued that oxygen requirement is more only during the pandemic and the oxygen plants to be set up by spending crores of rupees in hospitals will have no demand once the pandemic is over.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said more private hospitals will start distribution of vaccine based on the new vaccine procurement system introduced by the Centre.
'Most vaccines went to central quota': Private hospitals say struggling to carry out Covid vaccination
The Association of Private Healthcare Providers of India said since vaccine manufacturing ramp-up is yet to materialise fully, most of the stock is picked up by the Centre for distribution.
Of the over 40 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in India, it is not clear how many were given in private hospitals. Sources said it could be in the range of 7-8 crore.
Meanwhile, the Health Minister has also appealed to all private hospitals to actively participate in the Covid vaccination drive.
As per new order, rent can range from I2,645 to I2,910 for general wards and I5,290 to I9,776 for private rooms
Govt had planned an online training session on CoWIN registration
All private hospitals have to register on CoWIN as a Private COVID Vaccination Centre to participate in the aggregation mechanism.
Stating that more than 17.71 lakh doses were earmarked for the private hospitals in the State for July, the Chief Minister felt that they could not utilise the total stock.
The District Medical Department informed that as many as 10 private hospitals in the district have refunded the excess treatment fee collected from Covid-19 patients.
“As many as 13.9 lakh doses were allotted to private hospitals in Tamil Nadu during the months of May and June, and of this, over eight lakhs doses are still to be administered.
Allocation includes 8.43 lakh doses of Covishield and 1.73 lakh of Covaxin
At the hearing, the government pleader submitted that a new order had been issued allowing private hospitals to fix their own room rents for Covid patients.
In most cases, family members of Covid patients fleeced by private hospitals avoid lodging a complaint against the hospital.
As per the BBMP bed portal on Monday, 85.3 per cent of the total beds under government quota in private hospitals remain unoccupied.