New Delhi, Dec 7: The Fortis Hospital on Thursday denied the allegations of bribe levelled against it by the father of the seven-year-old girl, who died of dengue however, it agreed to offering a refund of his entire bill.”We categorically deny assertions or allegations of any bribe being paid to Jayant Singh. Fortis did offer a refund of the out-of-pocket expenses incurred by the family,” Fortis Hospital was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
Earlier on Wednesday, Jayant Singh had alleged the hospital of offering him a total of Rs 35,37,889 for assuring to stop his social media campaign and any legal action against them.
Speaking to ANI, Jayant Singh said, “Senior members of Fortis had met me and offered me a cheque worth Rs 10,37,889 refunding the entire amount. They also said they will be offering me Rs 25 lakh cash on top of this, saying I will have to sign and enter into a legal agreement assuring to stop my social media campaign, or going to court and taking legal action against them.”
Meanwhile, a committee formed by the Haryana Government has found criminal negligence on the part of the hospital, causing the death of a seven-year-old girl suffering from dengue. 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.
What Haryana Health Minister Anij Vij Said
Reacting harshly over the negligence of the hospital, Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij said that an FIR will be filed against the Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI) under the relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for death due to negligence. “The girl was on ventilator in the hospital, but she was provided with an ordinary ambulance. The ventilator system was withdrawn and an ambu bag was also not provided. This eventually led to the girl’s death,” he added. The minister quipped that the government will also ask the Medical Council of India (MCI) to take an action against the hospital which may include cancelling of its licence.
Findings of the committee formed by the Haryana Government
The committee found the Fortis Hospital guilty of overcharging for medicines and platelets and has sent a notice for cancellation of its blood bank’s licence. It was also found by the committee that the hospital did not provide 20 per cent RBD to the patient’s family, violating a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA).
The seven-year-old girl died on November 21 of Dengue Shock Syndrome (DSS). Her parents have alleged the Fortis Hospital of charging Rs 16 lakh for the 15-day treatment. The hospital, however, had denied the allegations.