NEW DELHI: A day after the shocking case of a private hospital charging Rs 16 lakh from the parents of a 7-year-old dengue patient, who eventually died, came to light, the Centre ordered an enquiry into the case today.
Sources in the Union ministry of health and family said that following a nudge from health minister J P Nadda, health secretary Preeti Sudan today wrote to the top health official in Haryana to initiate a probe in the case and submit a report within two weeks.
The patient, Adya Singh, had died in Fortis hospital, Gurugram following a 15-day long stay in paediatric ICU where she was on a ventilator for 11 days in September.
Following her death, her father Jayant Singh, an IT professional, was given a bill of Rs 16 lakh which included breakups for items like 800 pair of gloves and 660 syringes.
After Singh shared his ordeal on Facebook, alleging that hospital gave a break up of exorbitantly high number of consumables and charges and accused it of negligence, it went viral and triggered an outrage on social media and the issue was noted by Nadda.
“Such incidents have an extremely deleterious impact on the faith of the general public in the healthcare system in the country. It is our duty to ensure that quality care and treatment is provided to persons in need and that is provided at a fair and affordable price,” Sudan wrote to Haryana government today.
“I request you to urgently initiate an enquiry into the whole incident,” she wrote. “The details of treatment and the charges levied by the hospital need to be ascertained and expert opinion regarding the reasonability must be taken on the details by the hospital.”
Meanwhile, Fortis today released a press statement saying that there had been no medical negligence or over charging towards the care of the child as is being misrepresented in the social media.
“All standard medical protocols were followed in treating the patient and all clinical guidelines were adhered to,” it said in the statement also gave a short break up of the bill.
The hospital also said that an itemized bill spread over 20 pages was handed over to the family at the time of their departure from the hospital. “During admission, the family was being kept apprised of the bill daily. The complex treatment tendered over 15 days entails usage of large quantities of consumables and drugs which lead to a high bill,” it added.