Madurai, June 12: 18-year-old youth, Rajendra Prasad died at the Government Rajaji hospital in Madurai as his father G Ganapathy failed to give Rs 300 bribe for treatment. Rajendra suffered uneasiness in breathe along with convulsions, which forced his father to rush him to the state-owned hospital in Madurai. Despite having an admission slip, the worker who had put Rajendra on the bed snatched it away from Ganapathy demanding Rs 300 for treatment. The doctors were supposed to treat Rajendra refused to provide help in the absence of slip. As Ganapathy ran from pillar to post to convince the doctors, his son Rajendra lost his life. Also Read - US Company Bribed Rs 10 Lakh to Indian Official For License Approval: Department of Justice
Ganapathy, a resident of K Pudur in Madurai belongs to an economically weak background. He claims that he was unable to give Rs 300 as bribe since he had only Rs 80 left in his pocket. Even that was taken as bribe from him by a female worker in the hospital, as the amount for bringing his child from the mortuary. Even after he was left penniless, the driver of hospital demanded Rs 500 from him to leave his child at the cremation ground. (ALSO READ: Man in torture-death case who fled hospital caught by police) Also Read - Sanjay Dutt Emerges Victorious In His Battle With Lung Cancer, Says 'I am Eternally Grateful'
State health secretary Dr J Radhakrishnan has been apprised about the situation. He has ordered the hospital to carry out a strict internal inquiry. While speaking to TOI, he claimed that that the department has instructed all state-owned hospitals to provide emergency care to patients even if they have failed to fill the formalities. Also Read - Domestic Flights Update: Now Take Flights To Mangalore, Madurai, Coimbatore, Kangra - Read On
Meanwhile, hospital dean Dr M R Vairamuthu Raju claims that the person who snatched the admission slip from Ganapathy on not giving the bribe was not a worker of the hospital.
The incident took place on May 2. However, it caught the attention of local media after Madurai collector intervened in the matter. Police has been instructed to carry out investigation in the matter on May 24. However, Ganapathy claims that the intervention of the collector has brought no avail.