A grief-stricken couple was forced to carry their five-month-old daughter’s body on their shoulders from the district Dhar hospital in Madhya Pradesh till their village, 20 kilometers away, on Monday after hospital authorities allegedly demanded Rs 1,500 for hearse services which they were unable to shell out.
The couple also accused the hospital’s doctors of negligence which led to their daughter’s death even as hospital authorities refuted the allegations and said a probe has been initiated.
Subhash and his wife, hailing from Dhar district’s Bachanpur village, had brought their daughter Dolley, who was suffering from high fever, to Dhar district hospital on Sunday evening.
‘No doctor attended to my daughter’
Doctors declared her dead late that night, Subhash said, claiming that no doctor attended to Dolley since admission, which caused her death.
Doctors then asked them to take back the body in the night, but refused to provide a hearse, saying it was not provided at night, Subhash said.
‘We were asked to shell out Rs 1,500 for hearse services and fuel’
The couple then decided to wait for morning, but were asked to shell out Rs 1,500 for hearse services and fuel, Subhash said.
Unable to pay money, they carried the body on their shoulders and walked till the local bus stand, from where they took a bus back to their village after somehow convincing the bus driver and conductor.
Hospital superintendent dismisses allegations
District hospital superintendent and civil surgeon, Dr Mahesh Borasi dismissed the allegations, saying there was some confusion between the parents and hospital officials which led to “all the trouble for the aggrieved parents”.
“We never provide hearse during night hours. As to why the hospital did not provide hearse services during morning hours is matter of investigation and we will investigate this. If anyone is found guilty, we will take relevant action in the matter,” he said.