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Denied wheelchair, patient forced to use son's toy cycle to reach hospital ward

By Zee Media Bureau | Last Updated: Friday, March 17, 2017 - 22:05
Denied wheelchair, patient forced to use son's toy cycle to reach hospital ward
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Hyderabad: An ailing man, who refused to pay a bribe of Rs 150 for a wheelchair at a hospital here, was forced to use his son's toy cycle to reach the doctor's ward.

The incident comes as a big blow to the Telangana government which had sought to restore the confidence of the people in the public health care system.

The incident took place at the Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad.

Raju was denied a wheelchair when he refused to pay a bribe of Rs 150.

The 33-year-old has been visiting the hospital for a surgery.

The family was asked to arrange for blood before the surgery but every time they visited the hospital, they were told no bed available.

“Earlier, we used to pay. But during our last three trips, we have been using our child’s mini-scooter. We are very poor. We cannot pay Rs 100-150 for a wheelchair each time," Raju's wife Santoshi told CNN-News 18.

"We have four children. We are facing a very tough time. Doctors say there are no beds.

“They ask us to arrange 4-5 packets of blood, saying the surgery can take place only then. We don't know many people here. What should we do?" she asked.

When the staff saw her talking to mediapersons, they were promptly provided with a wheelchair, the report said, adding the family has appealed to the government for help.

Meanwhile, the authorities have promised to take action against the erring staff after the news came to light.

First Published: Friday, March 17, 2017 - 20:29
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