Angry relatives of a patient, admitted at Artemis Hospital, went on a rampage on Monday morning, alleging that the hospital was demanding “exorbitant charges” and forcing them to shift the patient to another medical facility.
However, the hospital administration claims that it had been informing the family about the patient’s health, besides duration and cost of the treatment.
Jyoti, (20), hailing from Ghata village, was seven months pregnant when she was admitted to the hospital in a critical condition on November 19 last year.
She had suffered multiple injuries on her abdomen, a spine fracture and pancreatic trauma. She was operated in an emergency caesarean surgery on November 22. Though the baby was discharged, the mother’s condition remained critical.
Vijender Kumar, Jyoti’s brother, alleged they had spent Rs. 60 lakh on her treatment and the hospital was demanding another Rs. 18 lakh.
“We were asked to pay Rs. 25 lakh initially. We’ve paid almost double the amount and they are demanding more,” said Kumar.
The hospital administration said the patient’s family had refused to make any payment and was not shifting her to another hospital.
The hospital spokesperson alleged the family displayed unruly behaviour, resorted to threats, damaged hospital property and also smashed a car carrying senior hospital officials.
They also threatened to harm hospital personnel and forcefully closed the premises’ gates, thereby not allowing patients to enter or leave Artemis. “We’ve been making efforts to save the patient without any payment,” he added.