Patient ‘detained’ over unpaid bills

Cuttack: Authorities of a private hospital in Mahanadi Vihar area here have allegedly detained a patient for non-payment of treatment bills, family members of the patient alleged today.

They said the hospital authorities have charged more than the actual treatment fees and have detained the patient.

Family sources said, Surya Narayan Sethy of Odagaon village in Nayagarh district was admitted to the hospital in a critical condition. After diagnosis, they were told by the hospital doctors that Sethy has lost his kidney following which his family members deposited Rs 40,000 at the hospital for treatment.

After few days Sethy’s family members were asked to deposit an additional Rs 90,000, which they failed to do. They alleged that the doctors have stopped treating the patient and have detained for non-payment of the treatment bills.

Following a complaint from Sethy’s family members, Cuttack collector has asked the ADMO of City hospital to investigate the matter.