New Delhi: An 80-year-old man in Madhya Pradesh’s Shajapur was found tied to a bed at a hospital after he allegedly failed to pay a hospital bill. According to reports, the man was brought to Shajapur District Hospital due to a stomach ailment earlier in the week.
शाजापुर के एक अस्पताल में वरिष्ठ नागरिक के साथ क्रूरतम व्यवहार का मामला संज्ञान में आया है। दोषियों को बख्शा नहीं जायेगा, सख्त से सख्त कार्रवाई की जायेगी।— Shivraj Singh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) June 6, 2020
The man’s family members alleged that the hospital administration tied his legs and hands to bed after he was unable to pay the bill worth Rs 11,000 and urged the hospital administration to discharge him, according to NDTV.
“We had deposited a bill of Rs 5,000 at the time of admission but when the treatment took a few more days, we did not have the money to pay the bill,” said the man’s daughter. MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan has promised to take strict action against the hospital. “A case of cruelty with a senior citizen in a hospital in Shajapur has come to notice. The culprits will not be spared, strict action will be taken,” Chouhan tweeted.
Madhya Pradesh: An 80-yr-old man found tied to bed with rope at a hospital in Shajapur allegedly over non-payment of hospital bill. Dist Collector says,‘We’ve sent a team to hospital to investigate matter. Police probe on. Report awaited. Action will be taken accordingly.'(06.06) pic.twitter.com/fWaY4nIi5z— ANI (@ANI) June 7, 2020
However, the hospital maintained that he was tied because, “He was having convulsions because of electrolyte imbalance. We tied him so that he could not hurt himself,” said a doctor at the hospital. The doctor also added that the hospital had waived off their bill on humanitarian grounds.