Patients in the Mother Child Hospital on Monday alleged that the staff nurses and other employees of the hospital asked for money after the delivery of infants in the hospital.
The patients complained that staff members had threatened them that if they did not give money, they (hospital staff) would not hand over the child or give medicines.
Bimla, mother-in-law of a patient, said: “My daughter-in-law delivered a baby boy in the hospital and the staff demanded `500 from us. When we refused to give the required amount, they threatened us that they will not give medicines or will not shift the patient.”
According to the Mata Kaushalya Scheme of the Punjab government, patients are supposed to get `1,000, but as the department has no funds, pregnant women have not been provided with the money since October 2014. htc