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September 2017
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CHANDIGARH: Who will pay dera followers’ bills? City hospitals worried

August 30, 2017 05:15 PM

Chandigarh, August 30 - A day after the Punjab Government refused to pay compensation to the kin of Dera Sacha Sauda followers who died in police firing in Panchkula on Friday, the authorities at three leading government medical institutes in the city are worried as to who will pay the mounting bills of the injured.

 

The Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) has received the highest number of patients in Chandigarh. As many as 34 patients underwent treatment at the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32.

 

Of the 34 patients, 20 have been discharged, while 14 patients, a majority whom are suffering from fractured leg, are undergoing treatment.

 

As many as 12 patients were admitted to the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital in Sector 16, of which nine have been discharged.

 

Sources said all three hospital performed critical surgeries, for which they incurred huge expenses. Sources said nearly 12 patients, who suffered multiple fractures, were awaiting surgeries at the PGIMER.

 

Ravi Gupta, Medical Superintendent (MS) of the GMCH-32, said all patients were given free treatment. G Dewan, newly appointed Director (Heath Services) and the Deputy Medical Superintendent, GMSH-16, was not available for comments.

 

However, a doctors, requesting anonymity, maintained that in medico-legal cases, the state (Union Territory) bore the treatment cost.

 

It would be a tough call for the PGI authorities. The hospital is directly monitored by the Union Health Ministry. Sources said the authorities were in a tizzy over the issue, especially after Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday condemned the Panchkula violence in his Mann Ki Baat programme.

 

Sources said the medical and food expenses incurred on the treatment of 76 injured had caused a burden of nearly Rs 10 lakh to the hospital.

 

Manju Wadwalker, Public Relations Officer of the PGIMER, said the exact amount incurred on the treatment of the injured would be known after all the patients were discharged.

 

She said that as many as 76 patients were admitted to the hospital, of which 29 were still undergoing treatment.

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