In an attempt to highlight the woes of patients visiting or admitted to Bhabha Hospital in Bandra, the Bhabha Hospital Dakshata Samiti and Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan threatened to hold a protest outside the public hospital.
At a press conference on Friday, Bharti Shetty, member of the Samiti and BMMA said, “This is our attempt to bring these issues to the notice of the hospital and demand a change in their attitude. If there is no change, we are planning to hold a dharna right outside the hospital to drive them towards action. We do not know when, but we will do it. We have repeatedly written and sent letters to the Dean of the hospital asking him to meet us. We have got no response from them.”
Dakshata Samiti and the BMMA, a movement of Muslim women who take up health, security, education and livelihood related issues, highlighted the major problems that the patients had been facing. They claimed patients are ill-treated. Shaheen Imran Khan, a 32-year-old resident of Bandra, said that she had been mistreated by the hospital staff while she was recovering after her fourth delivery. She said, “Five months ago, after my operation which took place at 2 a.m., the nurse came in at 4 a.m. to change the sheets. She woke me up from my sleep and forced me to stand. I stood up and I blacked out. She asked me how many children I had and what I would do with them.”
Sameer Sayed of Dakshata Samiti said, “A letter had been sent to the Chief Minister last month. We will decide on the future course of action based on his reply.”