A man filed a police complaint in Gurugram on Friday, alleging that the city’s Medanta Hospital “looted” him for the treatment of his eight-year-old son for dengue, ANI reported on Saturday. His son died in another hospital in November.
“My child was there in the hospital for 21 days, and the hospital gave us a bill of Rs 15.88 lakh,” the child’s father told ANI. “We had to request people for money. The hospital has looted us in the name of treatment.”
After getting treated for 21 days at Medanta Hospital, the family from Rajasthan moved the child to Delhi’s Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital on doctors’ instruction. When the doctors felt that the child’s condition is such that he can no longer be kept at Medanta, “they pushed us to shift him to a government hospital, so we shifted him there”, the father said.
The child died on November 22, according to The Times of India. The family’s police complaint is against the hospital management and three doctors, who they have accused of “murder, forgery, cheating and extortion”.
No First Information Report has been filed yet as the police are collecting necessary documents. An investigation is under way, said the police.
The allegations are similar to those against Gurugram’s Fortis Memorial Research Institute, which is under investigation for allegedly swindling the family of a seven-year-old dengue patient. The hospital had allegedly charged the girl’s parents more than Rs 15 lakh for 15 days of treatment. The child was declared dead when she was moved to another hospital in Dwarka.
On December 10, a case of culpable homicide was registered against the hospital, days after a government panel found that gross negligence by the facility had caused the girl’s death.