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Ambulance staff’s brutality costs elderly woman’s life

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Cuttack, Dec 31:

Alleging that his 66-year-old mother died at the SCB Medical College and Hospital here late on Sunday night after being thrown on the ground by an Ambulance van staff, a man lodged a complaint with the Mangalabag police agaisnt him on Monday.

According to hospital sources, the victim Parbati Mishra, a paralytic patient of Dandamukundapur village of Pipili block was admitted to the SCB Hospital on November 4 this year.

She was initially admitted to the Emergency ward, but was later shifted to the medicine ward as per the advice of doctors treating her.  Acting on the advice of the doctors, the kin informed the ‘We Care’ Ambulance, which arrived late.

Trouble started when the ambulance staff, while taking the old woman on a stretcher, demanded Rs 400 for shifting her to the Medicine ward located on the third floor of the hospital. The kin of the patient refused to pay arguing that ‘We Care’ was a free service provided to the patients.

Enraged by the refusal, the ambulance staff allegedly threw the woman with the stretcher on the ground resulting in severe injuries on her head.

Protesting against the brutality of the ambulance staff, the son of the patient Rashmi Narayan Mishra informed the Mangalabag police and later the Hospital superintendent. But neither of them paid any heed to his complaint, Mishra alleged.

Mishra later sat on a daylong dharna in front of Mangalabag police station. He withdrew the dharna after police assured them of a probe into the incident.

To his grief, his ailing mother succumbed to her injuries after some hours.

Alleging gross recklessness and apathy by hospital authorities, the police and the ambulance staff resulting in the death of the woman, the kin shouted inside the hospital premises.

Following information, police rushed to the spot and pacified them.

Asked about the carelessness of the ambulance staff, authorities of the ‘We Care ‘Services refuted the allegations.