The move by the Telangana government also comes amid censures by courts and the visit of the central health ministry team.
In a statement late on Monday, the Telangana government said it has received 1,039 written complaints in all from the Covid-19 patients on the alleged atrocities by the private hospitals.
The patients brought to the notice of the government that the private hospitals were insisting on CT Scans, X-Rays and blood tests to ascertain Covid-19 infection though they were equipped and permitted to conduct rapid tests and RTPCR tests for Coronavirus.
Following the complaints, the Telangana government said it has issued show-cause notices to almost all the private hospitals and appointed a committee to examine the responses from the private healthcare providers. The committee will also conduct enquiry into the complaints and punish the errant players with severe penal action, said the government.
The visiting central health ministry team has advised the Telangana government to invoke the provisions of the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 to initiate stern action against the errant private hospitals.
While appealing the private hospitals to mend their attitude and desist from fleecing the Covid-19 patients, the Telangana health minister Etela Rajender warned that the government would resort to seizing 50% of the ICU and other beds in the private hospitals and use them to treat the patients at the government prescribed tariffs.