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RT-PCR report no longer a hurdle for hospitalisation

LUCKNOW: Patients with coronavirus infection will no longer have to show RT-PCR report for admission to Covid hospitals.
Officer in charge of Covid-19, Lucknow, Roshan Jacob made this announcement after inspecting the Integrated Covid Command Centre (ICCC) on Tuesday.
During inspection, Jacob was surprised to find out that hospitals are not accepting requests of patients whose temporary referral IDs have been created for immediate allocation of beds in hospitals.
TOI has been persistently raising the issue that patients are being denied admission to hospitals in the absence of RT-PCR report.
“Temporary IDs for immediate hospital allocation should be generated for patients who have CT scan reports or have visible Covid-19 symptoms,” she said.
She instructed the CMO to ensure that those patients whose temporary referral IDs have been sent from ICCC to hospitals for immediate admission, the health department makes payment against the service so that hospitals do not create unnecessary hurdle in admission of patients.
Other private hospitals can forward bills to CMO office against the treatment of patients referred by ICCC, she said.
Currently, 14 Covid hospitals, including public and private facilities, are being paid by health department for treatment of Covid-19 patients.
“Under no circumstances hospitals should charge patients referred by ICCC. Legal action will be taken against such hospitals under the Epidemic Act, if even a single penny is charged from patients,” Jacob said.
She said all hospitals should share clear data of available isolation, oxygen-supported, HDU and ICU beds.

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