Rs. 77 lakh fine has been imposed on a private hospital by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) along with a police complaint against it after the death of a Covid-19 patient, an official stated on Sunday.
The covid +ve patient was 73 years old and had met his demise on June 18.
The man was being shifted from another facility to Rajasthan Hospital, where the incident took place.
Rajasthan hospital has been issued a show-cause notice by AMC last Sunday, as stated by the official.
“We have imposed a fine of Rs 77 lakh, which comprises Rs 25 lakh on Rajasthan Hospital, Rs 2 lakh each on eight board members (Rs 16 lakh) and on 18 trustees (Rs 36 lakh). The money will be used to treat COVID-19 patients,” AMC official Bhavin Solanki said, adding that a police case has also been lodged.
The case has been filed under IPC sections relating to loss of life by negligence and criminal conspiracy amongst others, as per a police official.
Gujarat High Court observed in an order that the incident was “very painful” and called for “strictest action” against those responsible leading to the AMC taking this strict measure.
The patient on June 18 was being shifted to Rajasthan Hospital from the previous facility as he was in need for ventilator support, but upon arriving the patient had to wait for 20 minutes at the “corona gate” of the hospital as the working staff took time to open it.