A case has been registered under Section 344 (wrongful confinement of a person for ten or more days), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC)
Pune: A case has been registered against the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital (ABMH) along with the head of management and certain bouncers following the allegations of confining a senior citizen over non-payment of bills.
According to media reports, Sanjay, son of a patient, Dashrath Aarde accused the hospital management of holding his father hostage at the premises.
The patient was admitted to the hospital on August 8, following a paralytic attack and was discharged two days later. The family was having a yellow ration card showing the patient eligible for the Indigent Patient Fund (IPF) by which he could avail of free treatment. However, the family alleged that the hospital didn’t accord the same.
After an argument with the hospital administration about the cashless treatment, the family accused the hospital of holding the patient captive. While recounting the whole issue to Pune Mirror, Sanjay claimed, “The hospital refused to let my father go and is not even allowing me to meet him, under the CEO’s instructions. They have even stopped administering medication or providing food.”
He alleged that the hospital was refusing to consider their economic status. “On August 11, they took away our visitors’ pass and held my father hostage.”
The family later contacted a social worker, Aziz Shaikh, who submitted a complaint in this regard to the Charity Commissioner, Pune and also the Deputy Commissioner of police, Zone-I, seeking a case of cheating and kidnapping be filed against ABMH’s CEO, Rekha Dubey.
“This is inhumane. How can people be so cold-hearted in such a noble profession?” asked Shaikh. “The family has already paid Rs 10,000 to the hospital, besides footing the bills for the medicines procured from outside. A patient cannot be held hostage like this,” he contended.
When asked about the probe on the matter, Assistant Police Inspector, Mahesh Swami, attached to Wakad police station confirmed to the Mirror, “The son of the patient registered a complaint against the hospital’s CEO. The patient was held hostage for a bill of Rs 86,000 which the son was unable to pay.”
“We are investigating the case and have called the accused in the case for an inquiry. The police also went to the hospital and rescued the patient,” the inspector added.
In their defense, the hospital refused all the claims and stated patient’s family requested the cashless treatment scheme at the last time and not every patient is eligible for the same.
“The patient was given proper treatment at the hospital. The family had agreed to make full payment and suddenly sought to be considered under IPF at the time of discharge. We informed that there is a process to be followed to be considered under the scheme and we cannot entertain every patient for it. They kept arguing and contacted the social worker five days after discharge. The scheme has been created for the needy and should not be misused by those who can afford the treatment. Also, these self-proclaimed social workers should understand the protocols and not take advantage of their position,” retorted the CEO Dubey while speaking to the Mirror.
Meanwhile, a case has been registered under Section 344 (wrongful confinement of a person for ten or more days), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against the CEO, head of management Rajesh Dubey and bouncers of the hospital, adds the Mirror.