Kolkata, August 12
A 60-year-old girl affected by COVID-19 died in an ambulance outdoors a metropolis personal hospital as she was allegedly made to attend by its authorities who reportedly wished Rs three lakh to be paid upfront for admission, her members of the family mentioned on Wednesday.
The hospital authorities have refuted the cost and mentioned that the lady’s household was given an estimate for remedy however not pressurised for making funds.
The girl hails from Tamluk in East Midnapore district and the alleged incident occurred on Monday night time after she was dropped at the hospital from a nursing dwelling within the metropolis after she examined optimistic and reported extreme well being issues, a Kolkata Police official mentioned.
Her son Nazeem Khan has lodged a police grievance towards the hospital at Anandapur police station, the official mentioned.
The alleged incident occurred a day after the West Bengal Clinical Establishment Commission allowed hospitals to cost affected person events for admission an advance of not more than Rs 50,000 or 20 per cent of the estimated remedy price, whichever was decrease however not refuse admission or remedy if the cost was not made instantly.
“The hospital authorities asked us to deposit Rs 3 lakh. We managed to pay Rs 80,000 and requested them to start my mother’s treatment assuring them to get the remaining amount in the meantime. But the hospital told us that treatment will not be started unless the full payment was made,” Khan mentioned.
Later, Rs 2 lakh extra was transferred to a checking account of the hospital by the lady’s elder son Latif Khan from Abu Dhabi, he mentioned.
“But by then my mother had passed away in the ambulance … We repeatedly requested the hospital to send a doctor to her, but its authorities insisted that unless they see a proof that the money was transferred to them, nobody from it would attend to my mother,” he mentioned.
“If they (hospital authorities) had attended to my mother on time, she could have been saved,” a sobbing Khan mentioned.
Refuting the cost, a senior official of the hospital mentioned the affected person was introduced in a really severe situation.
Doctors had tried CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation)within the ambulance however couldn’t revive her.
Police mentioned a probe into the incident is on and the hospital has been requested to supply the CCTV footage. PTI