COVID-19 Pune: 72-year-old patient dies after private hospital delays treatment

Sakal Times News Desk
Thursday, 27 August 2020

A patient who had recently recovered from Covid-19 disease but was suffering from comorbidities was delayed and denied treatment by a private hospital in the city after which he died

Pune: A patient who had recently recovered from Covid-19 disease but was suffering from comorbidities was delayed and denied treatment by a private hospital in the city after which he died at the hospital entrance itself.

Relatives of the patient have claimed that the hospital had some beds vacant in the emergency ward but still the patient was not admitted and refused treatment in time. “We requested the hospital with folded hands to at least admit him and start the treatment immediately and later on we will take him to another hospital. But the hospital flatly refused to admit the patient citing only one reason for beds not being vacant at the Intensive Care Unit and emergency ward,” the deceased patient’s kin has alleged.

The deceased patient was identified as Subhash Chandra Mundada (72). His son Anand Mundada said, “The patient was brought to Poona Hospital around 5 pm on Wednesday. The patient was having shortness of breath at the time. He needed immediate treatment, but doctors and staff at the hospital claimed that there was no bed vacant to admit the patient. We requested them to at least start the treatment and the patient can be shifted later on, but they did not heed to our demand for a long time. Finally, by the time we got him admitted, the patient's heartbeat had stopped. The hospital did not admit the patient in time for treatment. Two beds were empty in the emergency ward at that time.” He also questioned why the patient was not treated immediately by the hospital team and staff.

ICU BED WAS NOT VACANT

The patient had diabetes, kidney disease and heart disease. Also, the patient had just recovered from the Covid-19. Thus the patient needed treatment in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). But there was no ICU bed vacant. Considering the situation, the patient was admitted to the emergency department, but by then his heart had stopped beating, the hospital administration said.

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