Healthcare Crisis: Mumbai Hospital Suspends Treatment, Discharges Patients

Mumbai, January 13- In a nightmarish development in the healthcare industry, the maximum city’s The Bai Jerbai Wadia Hospital is practically on the verge of collapse due to its inability to meet the daily medical and treatment expenses.

The hospital which is reportedly struggling with huge debt of Rs. 230 crore has been discharging patients telling them they can’t meet the basic needs to treat them.

So far, 48 patients have been discharged within 24 hours by the hospital.

According to a Mirror Now News report, Blamimg the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the government for not providing financial assistance to them, Dr Shakuntala Prabhu, medical director of the Wadia Hospital, said, “Presently, we are in very bad shape. There are a lot of pending dues from the BMC and the state government. It’s to the tune of almost Rs 229 crore.”

Another report in The Times of India quoted Dr. Minnie Bodhanwala, CEO of Wadia hospitals, saying, “We have no stock of medicines or even gases needed to save lives. For the safety of our patients and our staff, we decided to discharge patients.”

He added that that running the hospital is almost impossible as it faces a major financial crisis.

Several vendors have refused supply to the hospital as they have not been paid for months. Due to a shortage of supply, the hospital does not have emergency medicines available in their pharmacy.

Prabhu said that it is very difficult for them to run the hospital as they are facing a financial crisis.

The patients in the hospital have become the worst sufferers as they don’t have anywhere to go.

Sandhya M Patil, who had come from Bhiwandi for treatment of her son, was asked to leave the hospital and consult another establishment as the doctors had asked her leave the hospital in Saturday. Earlier, she was told that her son’s surgery would be conducted on Monday, the report mentioned.

The woman said that she did not have the financial means to get treatment for son in a private hospital.

The report stated another patient’s guardian saying, “My niece is three-years-old. She is suffering from a stomach infection. We have been here for the last two days and have spent Rs 2,000 so far. We can’t afford this operation. We have admitted the child but the hospital does not have medicines. We don’t have enough money to go to another hospital. Where should we go?”

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