The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has issued a notice to a private hospital, Artham Hospital, in Ambawadi for financial irregularities, flouting norms and refusing to admit a COVID-19 patient under the AMC quota. The hospital is accused of saying no to a patient on the grounds of no bed availability under AMC quota and then giving the same to a private patient.
According to the notice, an AMC official on a visit noted that of the 50% bed reserved under AMC quota at the hospital, six were given to private patients. The civic body in its notice said the hospital was charging the AMC for reimbursement of unoccupied beds under the quota and at the same time admitting patients on AMC reserved beds and charging the private patients as per normal rates too.
The civic body called this a financial irregularity and asked it to submit a reply within a day as to why its registration should not be cancelled and action taken against the hospital. It also sought to know why the hospital should not be charged 10 times the charge it has taken from the AMC.
The hospital has in all 90 beds of which 50% are reserved for patients referred by AMC. The AMC found that against a reserved 45 beds, 51 patients were admitted as private patients. The hospital had refused to admit a patient referred by the SVP Hospital stating it did not have beds.