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Show-cause to Bengaluru hospitals for turning away dying patient

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BENGALURU:

Eighteen hospitals in Bengaluru have received a show-cause notice from the government after a 52-year-old man with ILI symptoms died after the hospitals turned him away on the pretext of ‘non- availability’ of beds.

The hospitals include Fortis Hospital, Mahaveer Jain Hospital, Suguna Hospital, Manipal Hospital, Brindavan Hospital, Rangadorai Hospital, Vikram Hospital, Sakra Hospital and Bowring Hospital. (below is the detail list)

“Notice has been served to the hospitals taking cognisance of the (media) reports about the denial of admission to a patient in emergency. Denying medical assistance during emergency is not only inhuman but also illegal,” Health Minister Sriramulu tweeted on Wednesday.

According to media reports, the man’s son and nephew had tried 18 hospitals on Saturday and Sunday, but he was not admitted anywhere on the pretext of non-availability of beds or ventilators.

The notice, issued by the Commissioner of the Health and Family Welfare Department, says: “By denying admission to the patient, your hospitals have violated the provisions of the KPME Act. You are liable for legal action.”

Private medical establishments cannot refuse treatment to patients suffering from Covid or having symptoms, the notice says.

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