Bhopal: An elderly man was tied to a hospital bed in Madhya Pradesh in a shocking incident of alleged medical indifference after he allegedly failed to pay any fees for his treatment. However, the hospital claimed he had convulsions and, as a result, his hands and legs were tied so he could not hurt himself.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan took note of the matter and pledged to take strict action against the hospital based in Shajapur. Also the district hospital ordered a probe on the matter.
The family of the man claimed his legs and hands were bound to bed by the hospital administration after he refused to pay Rs 11,000.
“At the time of admission we had deposited a Rs 5,000 bill but when the treatment took a few more days, we didn’t have the money to pay the bill,” his daughter said.
However, the hospital maintained that he was tied because of an electrolyte imbalance he was having convulsions. “He had convulsions due to an imbalance in the electrolyte.
We tied him up so he could not hurt himself, “a hospital doctor said.
The doctor also added that because of humanitarian reasons, the hospital had waived their bill.
“Care provided to a senior citizen at a Shajapur hospital has come to light. The culprits are not to be forgiven, strict action is to be taken, “tweeted the chief minister.
Former chief minister and senior member of Congress, Kamal Nath, tweeted to say the incident is actually “inhuman and barbarous.” “Such cruel, barbaric treatment of an elderly person at a hospital in Shajapur. The father was held hostage by his arms and legs with ropes for not paying the hospital bill,” he tweeted, sharing the video bound to the hospital bed.