High drama in Ludhiana hospital as relatives claim negligence

28 June, 2016

High drama was witnessed at the Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) when the relatives of a 42-year-old patient staged a protest for over two hours alleging medical negligence on Monday.

Victim Hazara Singh was a resident of Bonkar village, Mattewara and his relatives alleged that the Hazara died due to the negligence of doctors.

The family further claimed that the patient died couple of days ago and the doctors did not allow them to meet him so that they could charge hefty amount to which, the hospital authorities blatantly refuted while the family members said that they were handed over an inflated bill of Rs 1.5 lakh.

Hazara Singh was admitted on June 7 at the hospital after he suffered an attack while spraying in the fields. On June 14, he was shifted to the general ward, but again on June 17, he was put on ventilator and his family members were not allowed to meet him.

When his son Rashim Singh asked the hospital authorities to meet his father, the doctors allowed him following which, they declared the Singh’s death.

On Monday, when the relatives of the deceased reached the hospital to get the body, the hospital authorities refused to hand over and asked the relatives to first clear the bill forcing the relatives to stage a protest for two hours and causing the traffic jam outside the hospital. After the protest, the hospital authorities gave concession to the family and they paid Rs 50,000 after which, the body was handed over to the family. William Bhatti, medical superintendent, CMCH, denied all allegations and said doctors were blamed every time any patient died. “If we treat any patient and give him all facilities then he needs to clear the bill. From our side our doctors are working day and night to treat the patients.”