Balasore, October 26 (LocalWire): In a case that undermines the state government’s healthcare facilities and 5T mantra of governance, a staff of the 108 Ambulance was found demanding and taking a bribe for the service that is meant to be free.
A video shared on the social media platform shows the staff of 108 Ambulance taking Rs 600 from the attendant of a lady patient while she was being shifted to SCB medical college and hospital from the district headquarter hospital (DHH) here.
According to reports, the patient, a resident of Nahara area under Bhograi block was undergoing treatment at the GK Bhattar hospital in Jaleswar was transferred to DHH, which further advised that she be shifted to SCB medical college in Cuttack since her medical condition was deteriorating.
When the relatives of the patient approached the 108 Ambulance, the pharmacist and driver of the ambulance allegedly demanded Rs 1,000 from them on the ground that since private ambulances charge Rs 4,000- 5,000 for the distance to Cuttack, they should be paid at least Rs 1,000.
After bargaining by the attendants of the patient, the duo agreed to close the deal at Rs 600.
The video shows the pharmacist taking money from the patient’s attendants and handing it over to the driver of the ambulance.
This incident was recorded using a mobile phone by one of the attendants of the patient.
The chief district medical officer and the medical college superintendent have maintained that they have sought a report from the manager of the ambulance services and will take appropriate action soon.