May 6, 2009 4:09:38 am
The Patit Pavan Sanghatana (PPS) has alleged that a 60-year-old woman patient was “forcibly discharged” from Sahyadri Hospital at 1.15 am on Tuesday. The organisation has decided to register a complaint with the Indian Medical Association and the National Human Rights Commission. The hospital authorities however rubbishes the allegations,saying the patient and relatives were well informed about the discharge on Monday evening at 6.30 pm.
According to PPS general secretary Niranjan Phadke,the patient Anusuya Yenpure was admitted to the Sahyadri Hospital on April 29. Patient had a leg injury and was operated. On May 4,at 5.30 pm the hospital authorities asked daughter-in-law of the patient to clear the bill. As the patient is enrolled in the gold card scheme of the hospital,operation,medicine and stay were free of charge. Thus,according to procedure the daughter-in-law had to sign the bill and she did that,he said.
Phadke said,As the bill got cleared,hospital authorities asked her to leave. But as the patient or the relatives were not informed anything about the discharge,daughter-in-law refused to leave. She called the other relatives and the argument went on till night. The relatives then asked the authorities to allow them to stay till the next morning,as commuting in the night was difficult due to autorickshaw strike. But hospital authorities did not pay heed and asked them to leave in the night at 1.15 am.
Daughter-in-law of the patient Sheetal Yenpure said,We had even contacted the doctors who operated and treated the patient. One of the doctors even admitted that it was their mistake that they forgot to inform about the discharge. They had also requested the hospital authorities to allow the patient to stay in the hospital for the night. The hospital authorities however asked us to pay according to regular charges for the night saying the gold card would not be valid,as the patient will have to be re-admitted. We refused that saying we had not received any discharge letter. But the authorities were adamant. Finally,we had no choice but to leave.
Hospital authorities however dismissed the allegations. Ravikiran,head,operations said the doctors had clearly mentioned about giving discharge on Monday evening on the patients case papers. The relatives were also informed in the morning itself. But they did not want to leave. We asked them to pay according to regular charges for the nights stay,as the patient had to be re-admitted. And as per the rule,gold card is valid only for once. They refused to pay and left the hospital in the night. We didnt force them to leave, he said.
Though the hospital authorities claimed that the relatives were informed about the discharge in the morning,Phadke showed the proof of discharge summary on which mentioned that the patient was discharged at 1.15 am.
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