Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij has asked the Urban Development Authority to cancel the Gurugram’s Fortis Hospital’s lease after News18 reported how the healthcare center charged Rs 16 Lakh from a young patient who was being treated for dengue.
The Haryana government has also sought an FIR to be registered against the hospital.
“We are going to lodge an FIR against Fortis for criminal negligence. We will also write to the Indian Medical Association (IMA) to cancel their license. Moreover, we have also given a notice for cancellation of blood bank in that hospital,” said Vij.
The parents of a seven-year-old dengue patient, Adya, were billed Rs 16 lakh for a 15-day stay by Fortis Hospital in Gurugram, at the end of which, the girl died.
The itemised bill, which ran 19 pages long, shows how Fortis charged the parents for 661 syringes and 2,700 gloves, among other things, that were supposedly used during the treatment.
The father, Jayant Singh, who lives in Dwarka, had paid the amount upfront but accused the hospital of inflating the bill and imposing arbitrary costs. Despite the high cost, he said, the doctors paid little attention to Adya’s health.
Union Health Minister JP Nadda had taken note of the incident and tweeted to offer his support to the family. “Please provide me details on firstname.lastname@example.org. We will take all the necessary action,” he tweeted.
Fortis denied any wrongdoing and said it had followed the standard medical procedure. In a statement, it said that the girl was brought in a critical condition and all clinical guidelines were adhered to while treating the patient.