A patient at a hospital in Madhya Pradesh's Jabalpur was dragged to the X-Ray room on a bedsheet, a video posted by news agency ANI showed. A woman, apparently related to the patient, is seen following behind as the patient was being dragged in a semi-conscious state by a hospital staff, in what is yet another case of medical apathy.
The video shows the staff pulling on one end of the bedsheet as he takes the patient to the X-ray room. The incident took place at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College in Jabalpur, about 300 km from state capital Bhopal. Soon after the incident was reported, the medical college dean ordered an inquiry.
#WATCH: Staff at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College in Jabalpur takes a patient to X-Ray room by dragging him on a bed sheet. Dean Dr Navneet Saxena says, "3 persons have been suspended. Inquiry underway, action will be taken" #MadhyaPradeshpic.twitter.com/m5LPjyZ2ZP— ANI (@ANI) June 29, 2019
"Three persons have been suspended. Inquiry underway and action will be taken," said Dr Navneet Saxena.
The incident comes amid intense scrutiny of the country's health care system, prompted by the death of over 160 children in Bihar suffering from Acute Encephalitis Syndrome.
The outbreak sparked a nationwide conversation about how India treats its poorest. India spends just over one per cent of its national income on health care -- one of the lowest in the world.