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Capt: Punjab Government will cap cost, shut erring hospitals

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 20

The Punjab Government will cap treatment charges for Covid-19 patients at private hospitals, and those not adhering to the same will be shut, said Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Saturday. The fee structure for private hospitals is expected to be finalised by Monday, the Chief Minister said during his #AskCaptain session on Facebook.

Talking about exorbitant fee being charged by private hospitals, Capt Amarinder termed their actions as "anti-people and anti-national". He said private health institutions would not be allowed to indulge in such shameless profiteering. "If these hospitals do not agree to the government rates, we will close them down," he said.

Expressing concern over the spike in positive cases, the Chief Minister said he had sought permission from the Centre to allow the state to make Covid-test certificates mandatory for all those entering Punjab.

Around 87,000 cars have entered Punjab from Delhi alone in recent days, and the spike in cases is due to outsiders, said the Chief Minister.

He said he had requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to allow entry of only those with valid Covid-free certificates. In fact, those leaving Punjab should also carry similar certificates to check the spread of Covid-19, he said. For the first time, there has been an increase in the number of people on oxygen and ventilator, he said, adding that the situation was explosive, with cases rising around the world.

from The Tribune

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