Chaos prevailed at private hospitals in in SAS Nagar on Thursday as they refused to accept Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes. Some people even alleged that a few hospitals failed to provide the facility of payment through debit and credit cards.
Bimla Nehra (78), a resident of Sector 15, Chandigarh, had to return from a Sector-69 private hospital without being attended to by doctors as her attendants were unable to pay the consultancy fee of Rs 500 in valid currency notes.
“It was sheer harassment. After the receptionist refused to accept Rs 500 note, I borrowed Rs 100 notes from my sister and driver. One Rs 100 note was old which the hospital refused to accept,” said Bimla’s son, Hittan Nehra, a lawyer.
The private hospitals have refused to accept the demonetised currency notes and asked the patients as well as their attendants to pay through card or through cheque with an undertaking.
Urge residents not to panic: Oil firms
In wake of the long queues at petrol stations owing to panic buying of the residents, the oil companies are saying that all currency notes would be accepted at the petrol pumps till November 11 midnight. The oil companies assured the people that every petrol/CNG station and LPG distributorship across the country would continue to accept Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes for all fuel and related product purchases.
In a joint statement, oil companies re-assured their customers regarding continuous and sustained availability of all petroleum products from their outlets while requesting the residents not to unnecessarily stock up petroleum products.