With the dramatic fall in Covid numbers, 91% of the beds in private hospitals reserved for government quota have fallen vacant, allowing hospitals to get back many of the beds and provide them for non-Covid services.
Out of the 4,772 beds given by private hospitals to municipal authorities in Bengaluru at the start of the second wave, nearly 85% are currently free, including 55% of ICU beds. In private medical colleges, out of 6,647 beds given, 96.1% (or 6,394 beds) are vacant. In all, about 10,469 out of 11,419 private sector beds are currently free.
The result, according to Dr R Ravindra, immediate past president of the Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes Association (PHANA), is entire swathes of beds lying unused at hospitals across the city.