The aftermath of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement to discontinue Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 bills was visible as a number of private hospitals in the city refused to accept cash, creating hassle for patients on Wednesday.
At Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), out patient departments (OPDs) were closed at 1pm instead of 3pm due to which several patients had to return without treatment. The hospital authorities did not perform any surgery. After 1pm, the chemist shops outside the hospital also refused to accept cash and asked the patients to pay through debit or credit card.
A patient, Reena Sharma, said, “I visited the DMCH OPD at 1:30pm, but it was closed and I was asked to return on Thursday. When I went to the chemist to buy medicine, the chemist refused to accept the Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes.”
The situation was different at Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH), as the hospital authorities accepted cash from patients. Though the hospital’s OPD remained open from 9am to 3pm.
Most of the private hospitals have displayed a notice stating that they will accept fees through debit card, cheque and credit card only.
Sandeep Sharma, medical superintendent of DMCH, said, “We did not accept cash and all the patients were asked to pay through cheque, debit card and credit card. We have not denied treatment to anyone, and the patients who were already admitted in the hospital were treated today.”
He also denied the allegations that the OPD was closed at 1pm .