Gurgaon Fortis 'overbilling': Haryana govt says hospital guilty of negligence

Maricruz Casares
Diciembre 8, 2017

Parents of the seven-year old girl, who died on November 21 of Dengue Shock Syndrome (DSS), had alleged the Fortis Hospital for charging Rs 16 lakh for the 15-day treatment.

Gurugram's Fortis Hospital on Thursday denied allegations of any bribe offered to Jayant Singh, father of a seven-year-old girl who died of Dengue. A case will be registered against the hospital and notice has been issued to cancel the license of blood bank of hospital.

"...jo protocol hai diagnosis ke aur medical duties ke, woh adopt nahin kiye gaye hain (...protocols for diagnosis and medical duties have not been adopted)", stated Vij in a press briefing on the committee's findings.

"Put in simple words, it is not a death, it is a murder", Mr. Vij said.

The Health Minister said that as per the report of the Committee, the girl was admitted in Paediatrics ICU from August 31 to September 14.

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The committee also alleged several irregularities, including refusal of appropriate ambulance service to the patient, not following leave against medical advice (LAMA) protocol, and overcharging. "Contrary to this, the hospital provided a basic life support ambulance, which lacked oxygen and other basic facilities".

The committee had observed that Fortis overcharged on the platelets and blood transfusions carried out on Adya, according to the minister. "Fortis did offer a refund of the out-of-pocket expenses incurred by the family, in good faith", a statement by the hospital read.

Even though the hospital authorities on Wednesday said that they had not received a copy of the inquiry committee's report, the probe panel has found things that may land the hospital in serious legal trouble.

The state health minister Anil Vij said that the Haryana govt will lodge a police case against the hospital for negligence.

"It was learnt during the investigation by our team that the Fortis had not been paying 20% discount in the treatment of patients belonging to economically weaker sections (EWS) as land for the hospital had been taken on concessional rates". "Some of consumables used by the hospital were over charged by 717%", he said. The issue grabbed national headlines over two weeks ago when a tweet about their allegations went viral and caused union health ministry to direct the Haryana government to probe the matter.

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