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Published On: Mon, Jun 8th, 2020

MP Hospital sealed after 80-yr-old patient tied to bed over non-payment of dues

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MPBHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh’s Shajapur Hospital where an elderly man was allegedly tied to a bed and not allowed to go home over non-payments of dues, was sealed on Monday (June 8).

An FIR has also been registered against the management of the city hospital for the inhuman treatment vetted out to the elderly citizen. Laxmi Narayan, aged 80, had traveled from Rajgarh district, 38 kilometres away from Shajapur area for medical treatment for his stomach ailment.
A controversy erupted after a photo of the old man, lying down with his hands and legs tied to the bed, went viral in social media on Saturday. After Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan took cognizance of media reports, the newly appointed collector of Shajapur district Dinesh Jain ordered a probe into the incident.

On Monday, the committee led by ADM submitted the report to the collector, which stated that it had found irregularities on the part of the private hospital. The private hospital was subsequently sealed and an FIR was lodged with local Kotwali police station.

The senior citizen’s daughter had alleged that her family had deposited money twice for treatment and when the hospital demanded more money, they pleaded with them to discharge the man as they had run out of cash. But the hospital reportedly sought a bill of around Rs 11,000 and when the family said they could not pay it, the hospital staff tied him to the bed.
During the treatment, the family had paid Rs 6,000, followed by another Rs 5,000. However, at the time of discharge, the hospital asked the kin to pay Rs 11,270 more.
The report promoted CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan to assure justice to the victim and his family. Former CM and Congress leader Kamal Nath too condemned the incident calling it ‘barbaric and inhuman’

Meanwhile, Dr Varun Bajaj, the director of the private hospital told media that the patient was discharged and no money was taken. “The patient was having intestinal problems and in order to administer the medicine, his legs were tied to the bed while his hands were held by his family during the process,” Dr Bajaj claimed.

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