Martyr’s Wife Dies As Hospital Refuses Treatment

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Chandigarh: A Kargil war widow died at a private hospital in Sonepat after the medical staff allegedly refused to admit her without the submission of her Aadhaar card. The state government has ordered an inquiry into the incident.

Health Minister Anil Vij said a team of health department has been sent to Sonipat to collect the details of the matter.  “Shakuntala Devi (55), widow of Kargil war martyr Havaldar Laxman Dass, died on Thursday for want of medical care at a private hospital as it insisted on having the patient’s Aadhaar card,” her son Pawan Kumar Balyan said. Balyan, a resident of Mahlana village in Sonipat, said his mother was suffering from a heart problem.

“I took her to the Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) Hospital in Sonipat and got the referral slip for Tulip Hospital on Thursday,” he said.  “At the counter of the hospital, the authorities asked me to give the Aadhaar card of my ailing mother so that she could be admitted for treatment. I told them that I have forgotten it and will get it soon from my home, and requested them to start the treatment. But, the hospital authorities insisted on providing the Aadhaar card,” Balyan said.

“After about half-an-hour of argument with the hospital authorities, I decided to leave the place with my mother,” he said, adding that the hospital authorities also called up police who asked me not to create a scene in the hospital premises.

“I brought back my mother to ECHS Sonipat where she died the same evening,” Balyan said. “I have given a written complaint about the matter to ECHS authorities who visited my house from Ambala,” he said.

Meanwhile, Abhimanyu Kumar of Tulip Multispeciality Hospital, Sonipat, said they insist on Aadhaar cards, but denied the allegations that they were not ready to admit Devi.