A 48-year-old man who met with an accident in Madhya Pradesh's Umaria died after an ambulance driver allegedly refused to ferry him. Ram Milan Sahu was knocked down by an SUV in Mahimar village in Umaria on Tuesday night. His son Pappu Sahu rushed him to the district hospital in an autorickshaw for treatment. "The doctors, after giving him first aid, referred him to Jabalpur for further treatment," he said. But when Pappu Sahu requested the ambulance driver to ferry his dad to Jabalpur, he allegedly refused saying the "vehicle was not insured".
Pappu Sahu's claimed his father died at the district hospital because he was denied an ambulance as the family is poor. The district hospital has ordered a probe into the matter.
"I demanded ambulance from the hospital authorities, but the ambulance driver refused to ferry my father, saying that the vehicle wasn't insured, despite my offer to bear fuel expenses," he added.
"We didn't get the ambulance as we are poor," Pappu Sahu alleged.
District Hospital's Resident Medical Officer (RMO) Sandip Singh said that the alleged neglect of the patient will be probed.
Just over a month ago, another incident of insensitivity on the part of medical officials was reported from Telangana where a man was forced to push his wife's body on a pushcart for 60 km as he had no money for an ambulance. After walking for almost 24 hours, Ramulu collapsed, tired and broken, and wept by the roadside until people alerted the police.
(With inputs from PTI)