Parents of the 24-year-old woman who got seriously injured in a road mishap at Kartarpur on Jalandhar-Amritsar highway on Sunday morning had to run from pillar to post for arranging her treatment. The lower middle-class family of a painter had to struggle for two hours after being allegedly denied by a private hospital over fees.
Victim Taranpreet Kaur is struggling for life in Satyam Hospital after sustaining multiple injuries on head, eyes, arms, face and other parts of the body.
Kaur’s father Harjeet Singh has fractured his left arm and mother Harjeet Kaur has got injuries on her face and hands.
Revealing about the incident, Harjeet Singh of Janta Colony said that his daughter Taranpreet, a teacher in DIPS Begowal, had an examination in Amritsar on Sunday at 9am for which he decided to take a bus from Kartarpur bus stand and left on the scooter along with his wife and Taranpreet.
He further stated that when they were about to reach bus stand, a speeding truck hit the scooter and the trio fell on the road at around 6.30am.
“I tried to follow the truck but my wife started shouting after spotting Taranpreet’s injuries,” Singh said, adding that he then took her to Kartarpur civil hospital with the help of people.
He said that doctors there asked him to shift Taranpreet to a specialised hospital and he then took her to Sacred Heart Hospital at Maqsudan in an ambulance.
The father alleged that as soon as they moved Taranpreet out of ambulance, the hospital asked to deposit Rs 80,000 for the treatment. “As we did not have enough money at that time, we decided to move to Vasal Hospital,” he said.
“The doctors at Vasal suggested to admit her either to DMCH or CMC hospital in Ludhiana after detecting the injuries,” Singh told Hindustan Times adding that he then hired a private taxi for Rs 600 and moved to the Jalandhar civil hospital but the doctors again referred her further claiming holiday for two days.
The victim’s mother said that after two hours of mishap, we finally admitted her to Satyam Hospital around 8.30am where she is presently undergoing treatment.
Road safety committee’s member Surinder Saini said that private hospitals cannot deny treatment to road accident victims at any cost and he will raise the matter in road safety meeting on December 14. Saini said that the doctors at civil hospitals should have called the experts for victim’s treatment.
Sacred Heart Hospital’s medical superintendent Dr Lyla Jose denied the allegations of family and claimed that Taranpreet was in serious condition and the family asked about the total expenditure of treatment. “The same was told to the family but we did not ask them to arrange the money immediately,” she added.
She asserted that hospital was ready for the treatment but the family voluntarily moved from here.
The Kartarpur police have also initiated a probe into this mishap.