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52-yr-old labourer dies as hospitals refuse to accept old currency in Ludhiana

punjab Updated: Nov 21, 2016 16:46 IST
HT Correspondent
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The family also alleged that they faced problems in paying for his last rites as the clerics at cremation ground did not accept scrapped currency.(HT Photo)

A 52-year-old labourer died because of not getting timely treatment as the private hospitals denied accepting scrapped banknotes on Sunday. The deceased, Balbir Singh, was suffering from heart disease.

The family also alleged that they faced problems in paying for his last rites as the clerics at cremation ground did not accept scrapped currency.

Pawan of New Kuldeep Nagar said his father was suffering from heart disease. They took him to Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) for treatment, but the hospital refused to accept Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 banknotes. However, he managed to get some money in new banknotes and got them deposited after which the hospital administrated treatment.

“I went to bank to exchange currency, but failed due to long queues following which I got my father discharged from the hospital and took him home,”said Pawan.

“On Sunday, I rushed my father to Dayanand Medical College and Hospital

(DMCH) when he fainted again, but the hospital refused to accept scrapped currency. After repeated requests the doctors gave a prescription, but we failed to buy any medicine after drug stores refused to accept scrapped currency and my father died because of not getting treatment,”he added.

Inspector Gurbinder Singh, station house officer at Basti Jodhewal police station, said the police did not get any information about it.