The state-run Gandhi Hospital authorities today constituted a committee to probe into the allegations that a patient was denied wheelchair for being unable to pay “bribes.”
The incident was captured on camera by a television reporter and went viral on Friday,in absence of the wheelchair, the patient, S Raju in his 40s,with severe mobility problems, has been left moving around in the hospital for treatment, on a kids tricycle of his son, that his wife brings to the hospital while visiting it with him.
shocking and bizarre incident at a Telangana government hospital, a 40-year-old patient was forced to use his child’s tri-cycle.image courtesy : The Financial Express
S Raju in his 40s had been visiting the hospital for a follow-up treatment for the burn injuries that he had suffered due to electrical shock last August.
In an incident that exposes apathy, Gandhi government hospital in Hyderabad, a 44-year-old injured patient, S Raju, had to enter the hospital on his son’s toy bicycle after he was refused a wheelchair by the ward boys who demanded money for the service.
She further said as ward-boys had been demanding Rs 100 to Rs 200 for providing wheelchair, she had been bringing their sons tricycle to the hospital during their visits.
His wife Santoshi has alleged that as she did not have money to pay ward-boys had to use the tricycle to around the hospital during their visits.
“At least on five to six occasions I paid the amount. But, on Wednesday, I was not able to pay because I did not have the money. I brought this tricycle to the hospital and made my husband sit on it to move around in the hospital premises for treatment,” said Santoshi, who stays in Begumpet area here.
Meanwhile, Gandhi Hospitals superintendent Dr Manjula told sources, “We have not got any written complaint from the attendants of the patient. However, on the basis of media reports, we have constituted an enquiry committee to look into the matter.
“A report is likely to be submitted within a day. Based on the report, the necessary action will be initiated against those responsible for the incident.”
Dr Manjula said the patient, who had suffered electric burns, had undergone treatment at the hospital for over three months and he himself got discharged against the medical advise, though he had been visiting the hospital as outpatient.
“Now he is on a follow up medication and next week he is again scheduled to come to the hospital,” she said.
Responding to the incident, Telangana Minister K T Rama Rao said he spoke to the Superintendent of the Hospital to enquire about the incident.
“My office contacted the family and we will ensure they are helped,” he tweeted.