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Government Hospital allegedly denied CT scan as father failed to deposit Rs 50; Claims boy’s life

Amid the Gorakhpur incident where more than 70 children died due to the shortage of oxygen cylinders brought national shame, a hospital in Ranchi refused a CT scan on a grievously injured child because his father fell short of 50 Rupees. The boy sustained head injuries while he was playing in his home. He was then rushed to Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences in Ranchi.

After preliminary check-up was done, doctors suggested that the boy has to undergo a CT scan to reveal the extent of his injuries. The boy was wheeled to the said section of the hospital where his father was asked to deposit Rs 1350. According to the local media, Pratidin, his father had just Rs 1300 with him at that moment. He asked the hospital to accept the amount and will arrange Rs 50 soon. But the plead of the father on deaf ears and was asked to deposit the entire amount.

The boy died waiting to get the CT scan done.

This is not first time where medical negligence lead to the death of a child in Jharkhand, the government hospital in Jharkhand, in the past, has faced the allegations of negligence.

In December 2015, an emergency meeting was convened in the hospital to rein in doctors who were slacking. The move came after two accident victims were left unattended for several hours in the emergency ward as no doctors were present there at night.

A few months later, in July, doctors in the same hospital operated the right kidney of a patient when she had stones in the left kidney. Her husband, a driver with meagre earnings, approached the doctors when he saw stitches on the wrong side of her body. At the time Economic Times reported the news, the aggrieved patient had been promised further medical attention by the doctors, but there was no progress in the case. And the head of the urology department blamed junior doctors for the mistake.

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