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SSKM hospital brawl: Mamata Banerjee intervenes, patient gets bed after 48-hour wait

‘Beds are lying vacant, but staff say they are unavailable’

Written by Sweety Kumari | Kolkata |
Updated: August 31, 2016 3:32:36 am
mamata banerjee, sskm hospital, sskm brawl, kolkata news, india news Mamata Banerjee at SSKM Hospital in Kolkata on Tuesday. Express

For the past two days, Rocky Das had been waiting for SSKM Hospital to allot his brother, who is suffering from a brain infection, a bed.

On Monday afternoon, he saw none other than Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the hospital’s emergency gate. Desperate for help, he walked up to her and told her of his plight.

He was surprised when the chief minister immediately directed one of her security personnel to escort him to the relevant department.

At around 4.30 pm, Rocky’s brother Dulal was allotted bed no. 60 in the ‘Mackenzie’ ward.

“I called everybody I could for help. The management told me I would have to wait because of unavailability of beds. They told me that my brother was next in line the moment a patient is discharged. I consider myself lucky that I had an encounter with the CM. I would love to touch her feet to seek blessings once my brother recovers,” Rocky, a resident of Malda, told The Indian Express.

However, not everyone was as lucky. A weeping Ranjita Devi, whose son, a cardiac patient, has been waiting for a bed for days, said, “Mamata Banerjee visited the hospital and left before I could reach her.

“If I knew Didi was here I would have told her about how patients are getting harassed day after day while VIPs manage to get beds easily,” she said.

“Though beds are lying vacant, staff say they are unavailable,” said Devendra Prasad who has been waiting for a bed for his sick mother for the past three days.

Arijit Mondal, who also has a relative waiting in queue, said, “I am really surprised that the patient got a bed within 2 hours of his request to the chief minister. How did a bed suddenly become available? The chief minister alone can’t do anything, the system has to be changed,” he said.

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