The court also asked the government hospitals run by the state and the Centre here to make attempts to make their websites, if any, functional, giving details on availability of beds under the economically weaker section (ED) category.
The court was hearing a plea seeking direction to the Delhi government to take immediate steps to restore the functioning of its official website relating to real- time availability of free beds in identified private hospitals of Delhi for making updated information available to people at large and EWS patients.
Advocate Ashok Agarwal, appearing for a woman on whose behalf the application was filed in a pending petition, said five years ago the Delhi government's Department of Health and Family Welfare used to update real-time status of availability of EWD beds, including critical/ICU beds, in identified private hospitals.
However, for the last two years, the official website of the department had stopped functioning and no steps were taken by the Delhi government to restore it, he said.
He added that the EWS patients who were in need of bed in the identified private hospitals were unable to know the status of the availability of beds.
When her condition worsened, she moved the high court against AIIMS and was later operated upon by another government hospital.
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