The West Bengal Medical Institution Regulatory Fee has directed a non-public hospital in Kolkata to deposit ₹10 lakh after a Covid-19 affected person died on August 10. The hospital had refused to confess her if her members of the family didn’t deposit an preliminary sum of ₹3 lakh.
“Ideally, the hospital’s license ought to have been cancelled for this. However since many sufferers have been nonetheless being handled and there are not any different allegations of negligence, we didn’t wish to take such a step. We’ve got directed the hospital to deposit ₹10 lakh whereas the case is being heard,” stated retired choose Ashim Kumar Banerjee, the chairman of the fee.
The fee has barred the hospital from taking any advance deposit whereas admitting Covid-19 sufferers, he added.
The 60-year-old girl died on August 10, allegedly whereas ready in an ambulance exterior the personal hospital in east Kolkata. Her son stated that the hospital demanded ₹3 lakh as an advance fee, with out which they wouldn’t admit her. Whereas the household took an hour to rearrange the cash, the girl died.
“That is the primary case wherein the fee took suo moto cognizance. It was inhuman and really unlucky,” stated Banerjee.
The fee had earlier put a cap on the advance fee demanded by personal hospitals within the state. It had stated that personal hospitals couldn’t cost sufferers over 20% of the estimated price of therapy or a most of ₹50,000 on the time of admission.
In a separate case, the fee beneficial that the license of one other personal hospital be cancelled because it had declined to pay ₹2 lakh to a complainant. The fee had awarded a compensation of ₹3 lakh to the complainant a few 12 months in the past. The hospital solely paid ₹1 lakh.