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.
2/2— B Sriramulu (@sriramulubjp) July 1, 2020
ತುರ್ತು ಸಂದರ್ಭಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ನೆಪಗಳನ್ನು ಹೇಳಿ ಚಿಕಿತ್ಸೆ ನಿರಾಕರಿಸುವುದು ಅಮಾನವೀಯ ಅಷ್ಟೇ ಅಲ್ಲ ಕಾನೂನು ವಿರೋಧಿ ಕೂಡ.
ಕೋವಿಡ್ ಸಂದರ್ಭದಲ್ಲಿ ಎಲ್ಲರ ಮೇಲೂ ಒತ್ತಡವಿದ್ದು, ಅಗತ್ಯವಿರುವ ರೋಗಿಗಳಿಗೆ ಸೂಕ್ತವಾಗಿ ಸ್ಪಂದಿಸಲು ಕೋರುತ್ತೇನೆ. ನೆಪ ಹೇಳಿ, ರೋಗಿಗಳನ್ನು ನಿರ್ಲಕ್ಷಿಸುವುದನ್ನು ಯಾವುದೇ ಕಾರಣಕ್ಕೂ ಸಹಿಸುವುದಿಲ್ಲ.#COVID19
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.