The Aditya Birla Hospital defended its treatment of 36-year-old Tejinder Singh Ahluwalia who has accused them of malpractices during his treatment at the hospital. A day after MiD DAY published the article (‘Man flees hospital after ruckus over bill’, January 17), the hospital made it clear there was no wrongdoing on their part.
At a press conference called by hospital authorities yesterday, Dr M N Hiremath, who performed the surgery, challenged Ahluwalia to prove that the heart surgery conducted was not essential when he was admitted to the hospital. “If he proves that he did not have any such problem, then I will leave my practice forever,” said Dr Hiremath. “Post-angiography, it was revealed that the left anterior descending (LAD) artery of Ahluwalia was totally blocked and was responsible for the heart attack. The left circumflex artery (LCX) showed a moderate 50 per cent blockage. Under the circumstances, the best treatment is to open the blocked artery with angioplasty.”
“We performed coronary angioplasty and a drug-eluting stent (DES) was placed in the blocked artery. Since the other blockage was moderate, we concluded that it could be managed medically.” The Hospital administration also expressed shock at Ahluwalia’s actions. “It surprises me how the patient and his relatives can behave this way with hospital staff who have saved his life by providing him timely treatment. It is a serious issue, and we are going to take stern action against him,” said Rekha Dubey, chief executive officer of the hospital.
Meanwhile, Ahluwalia too held a press conference reiterating his allegations that he was beaten up, and overcharged for a surgery, which was not required. He also lodged a non-cognizable offence with Hinjewadi police station against the hospital’s security personnel who he alleges assaulted him when he protested.
“I conducted a medical check up at Aundh civil hospital and the report clearly shows that I was beaten up black and blue, and on that basis I have registered a complaint with Hinjewadi police station,” said Ahluwalia.
D D Jagdale, assistant police inspector at Hinjewadi police station, said, “We have taken Ahluwalia’s complaint and will investigate his claims.” He added that in regards to the written complaint by the hospital wherein they have alleged that Ahluwalia ran away without paying the Rs 4.70 lakh bill, Jagdale said that the matter will be sent to the public prosecutor for legal opinion and the case will be referred to Sassoon hospital, where a committee of doctors will examine the case and submit their report.