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A woman and her newborn child were not discharged from a nursing home as her family members failed to pay the bills with Rs 100 notes. Debashree Shyam Dey, a resident of Udaipur in Raiganj, was admitted to the nursing home with labour pain about 10 days ago. She gave birth to a girl a few days ago.
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On Saturday, after a thorough check-up, the doctor gave permission for the discharge of both. Trouble began when her family members went to settle the bills, which amounted to Rs 22,700. They paid in now-banned Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, but the nursing home authorities refused to accept the money.
“We tried to pay through cheque as well, but they did not accept it. Later, we took one of the officials of the nursing home to a nationalised bank and transferred the money through National Electronic Funds Transfer. But, we were told that the patients will be discharged only after the money was encashed,” said a family member of Dey.
Their ordeal had just started, as a meeting with the bank authorities also did not prove fruitful, and they were turned down. The bank was busy dispensing cash to accountholders, and thus the electronic transfer would not be cleared before two days.
The nursing home said it was helpless. “We are acting according to the instructions of the owner. The issue of payment through cheque should have been settled early. It has been raised now,” said Chandan Das, manager of the nursing home.