A team of the health department led by the chief medical and health officer and civil surgeon slashed the number of beds at Apple Hospital to 100 and also sealed the medical store in the hospital on Tuesday. Officials also suspended the licence of the medical store, while Indore Municipal Corporation will impose a spot fine of Rs 15,000 on the hospital for not disposing of biomedical waste in a proper manner.
A team of officials reached the hospital for inspection on the direction of collector Manish Singh following a complaint lodged by a family alleging that they were forced to take medicines from the hospital’s pharmacy and also to go through diagnosis at the hospital’s lab.
According to civil surgeon Dr Pradeep Goyal, on the directions of the district collector, the team investigated the complaint lodged by Prakash Parwani, who had gone to the hospital for the endoscopy and gallbladder surgery of his mother, Pushpa Parwani, on July 11. He alleged that the hospital forced him to sign a form saying he agreed to take medicines from the hospital and also go through medical examinations at that hospital. Upon refusing to do so, the hospital refused to admit the patient or treat her.
“We found various anomalies, such as a lack of doctors and nursing staff, while the hospital failed to provide the list of staff, as well. Biomedical waste was also being mixed with general waste and others. We’ve submitted our report to CMHO Dr BS Saitya,” he said.
The number of beds at the hospital has been slashed till they submit the compliance report saying they have adequate staff to run the facility.
Apple Hospital’s administration could not be contacted for their comments. Free Press Journal