SHRC orders probe against hospital

November 19, 2017 12:00 am | Updated 04:24 am IST - Thiruvananthapuram

The hospital had allegedly refused to provide ambulance to a seriously injured accident victim

The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has ordered an inquiry against a private hospital which denied ambulance to transport a youth who was seriously injured in a road accident to Thiruvananthapuram Medical College hospital, allegedly because there was no money to be given.

Sachin, a student of BA Economics at Varkala S.N College died as he could not be given treatment on time.

SHRC has asked the District Collector, the Rural SP and the District Medical Officer to conduct an inquiry and to submit a report within a month. The Varkala SN Hospital Superintendent should also submit a report to the commission.

According to the petition before SHRC, the motorbike on which Sachin and his friend Basil were riding was involved in an accident on November 7. Basil died on the spot.

The friends of the youth reached Sachin, who was grievously injured, to the Varkala SN Hospital. The students did not have Rs. 4,000 with them to pay for the ambulance to transport the youth to Medical College. It is alleged that the hospital authorities refused to give in even when the students offered to keep a gold chain on one of them and a motorbike as surety.

By the time Sachin’s parents arrived with the money, one-and-a-half hours had passed. The ambulance was given after the parents remitted the money.

Sachin died later in a private hospital on November 9. The petition filed before SHRC demanded that murder charges be filed against the hospital authorities for refusing to provide the ambulance.

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