Vikash Sharma

Cuttack: The Commissionerate Police on Friday arrested six middlemen including four ambulance drivers on the charges of influencing and taking patients from SCB Medical College and Hospital to various other private clinics and hospitals in Cuttack.

All the six accused were arrested after a special drive launched by Mangalabag Police, informed DCP Prateek Singh.

While talking to reporters, Singh said that all the accused used to misguide the patients and their attendants who arrived at the casualty wing of the premier state-run hospital.

“The accused mostly used to lure patients to private hospitals by saying that the treatment would be delayed at SCB. Later, they used to fleece them on the pretext of providing early and better treatment facilities at private hospitals,” said Singh.

The Commissionerate Police also suspects that a major racket involving SCB staff, ambulance drivers and staff of private clinics in the city is working behind it.

“There seems to be a big nexus between the hospital staff with other private health care centres and hospitals. We are trying to break the links and the persons involved in it will be booked,” said Singh.

When asked on the involvement or role of doctors in the racket, Cuttack DCP said, “Every aspect of the case is being taken into account. We will bring the accused on remand to ascertain more information.”

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)

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