An inquiry has been ordered into the complaint of “misbehaviour” against the staff of Rajindra Medical College, Patiala, by the victims of Manikaran mishap and their relatives , all from Rogla village. The medical superintendent, Dr BL Bhardwaj, has ordered the inquiry.
The victims and relatives of Manikaran mishap had yesterday complained about the misbehaviour of staff on duty in the intervening night of August 19 and 20 when they had arrived from Kullu.
Bhardwaj said, “It is unfortunate and should not have happened. The confusion was, however, created at the CT scan centre, which is a public-private partnership in hospital. They were not aware that patients had to be treated free of cost. But we have refunded the money and two out of seven patients came back to us as they had to be operated upon.”
He added: “The attendants wanted space to relax, which the resident doctor was not able to manage as we don’t have any such facility as of now. But yes, some arrangement should have been made for them.”
The victims and their relatives had reached the hospital late on August 20 after being referred from Civil Hospital Kullu. They had also brought seven dead bodies with them.
They got a rude shock when the doctors on duty asked them to pay for CT scan charges — Rs 1,210 per head — and even refused to give them a bed.
The patients left the Patiala hospital late in the night.
Chandi Ram, sarpanch of the village, said, “When we had reached Kullu, deputy commissioner Rakesh Kanwar, superintendent of police and other officers were present to assist us. They offered us tea and breakfast. We were more than 30 persons. But to our surprise, when we asked for a glass of water in our own state, we were told it was not their job.”
Relatives given aid
While the families were being sent back home, relatives of the dead were given Rs 25,000 cash each while the injured were given Rs 15,000 cash each by the Kullu district administration. The relatives of the dead were told that Rs 3.75 lakh each will be sent at their home address soon with the Himachal government deciding to pay Rs 4 lakh each to families of dead.
The Punjab government has announced Rs 1 lakh each to the families of the deceased.