Three doctors of Yashoda Hospital in Ghaziabad booked for denying free treatment to ex-serviceman under ECHS
The Ghaziabad police have lodged an FIR under sections of cheating and extortion against three doctors of Yashoda Hospital in Kaushambi. The action comes nearly nine months after an ex-serviceman was admitted to the branch of Yashoda Hospital, where the patient’s relatives were allegedly asked to buy medical items from its pharmacy, claiming that these were not covered under the Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS).noida Updated: Feb 27, 2017 22:10 IST
The Ghaziabad police have lodged an FIR under sections of cheating and extortion against three doctors of Yashoda Hospital in Kaushambi. The action comes nearly nine months after an ex-serviceman was admitted to the branch of Yashoda Hospital, where the patient’s relatives were allegedly asked to buy medical items from its pharmacy, claiming that these were not covered under the Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS).
The patient, Yeshvir Singh Tyagi, who retired from the Indian Air Force (IAF) as a sergeant in 1985, succumbed to his ailments on February 8. However, his son, Amit Tyagi, continued his fight against the hospital authorities for allegedly denying cashless treatment in May 2016.
“An FIR is lodged against three doctors for cheating and extortion. No arrests have been made so far. Our investigation is continuing,” Salmantaj Patil, superintendent of police (city), said.
The FIR was filed at Indirapuram the police station. It mentions Dr AP Singh, Dr Vikram Grover and Dr Sudhir Tyagi as the accused.
The ex-serviceman was admitted to the hospital on May 16, 2016, with complaints of acute kidney failure.
“His treatment had to be cashless under ECHS but we were asked to buy items for treatment. I bought items worth over Rs12,000. When I confronted the hospital authorities about this, they told me to buy injections as well, on the basis that it was also not covered under the scheme,” Amit Tyagi, son of Yeshvir, of Sector 6 in Vaishali said.
“Ultimately, I complained to the managing director, ECHS and my father’s dialysis was done cashless that night. Otherwise, they were insisting that I buy items worth Rs16,000. Next morning, they told me that my father was having multiple organ failures and I should take him to a hospital with better facilities. They virtually expelled my father as I had complained about them. They refused me an ambulance as well and asked me to hire a private one,” Amit said.
He said that the hospital authorities cheated them by charging them for items they were not supposed to.
“When I shifted to the other hospital, it was found that my father did not have multiple organ failure. After my father was shifted from the ICU to a ward, I complained to the Prime Minister’s Office, UP chief minister, the health minister, ECHS and also posted about this on Facebook, which went viral with more than 15,000 shares,” Amit said.
Upon lodging a complaint, the police from Kaushambi police post had closed the case terming it baseless. Amit said that when he complained to the chief minister and senior police officials, another officer at the Kaushambi police post told him that he had ego issues.
The chief medical officer (CMO) also conducted an inquiry over alleged negligence and the circle officer conducted an inquiry, reports of which were sent to SSP, Ghaziabad.
“Initially, CMO returned the complaint saying it is a matter of ECHS, which falls under the purview of the Central government. However, following an appeal to the UP CM, the CMO conducted an inquiry. In all, I approached authorities nearly 17 times demanding justice. My father has left this world and is relieved of his pain. It is now my duty to fight so that no other ex-serviceman faces this kind of problems,” Amit said.
Dr PN Arora, the managing director of Yashoda Hospital, said, “The three (accused) are doctors with our hospital. The patient was given cashless treatment but there were certain minor non-admissible expenditures which the patient’s family was told to take care of. His father was admitted to the ICU and treated.”
“I came to know that the patient had a severe infection that affected other body parts. Getting the patient referred to another hospital is the right of his family. There has been an issue over nothing. However, since an FIR is lodged, we will abide the legal course of action,” he said.