COVID-19: Family Of Dead Patient Forced To Pay Rs 51,000 In Kolkata

Hari Gupta passed away at a private hospital in West Bengal after losing the fight to COVID-19 and his family was not informed.

Jessica David

August 11, 2020

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A family in West Bengal has alleged that the private hospital, in which a relative died due to COVID-19, has forced them to pay Rs 51,000 to see the body. As per reports, a person named Hari Gupta passed away at a private hospital in Kolkata after losing the fight to Coronavirus on Saturday midnight (August 8). His son Sagar Gupta alleged that the hospital did not inform them about the death for many hours. Sagar Gupta said, “On Sunday afternoon (August 9), we received a call from the hospital saying that my father had passed away at 1.00 a.m. the previous night.”

Sagar Gupta added, “When we questioned why we were not informed about it, the hospital officials said that they did not have our contact information.” On reaching the hospital, they were allegedly told that the body has already been sent for cremation. When the family reached the Shibpur cremation group, the staff present there asked them to pay Rs 51,000 to see the remains. After arguing with the staff, the charges were reduced to Rs 31,000. The family decided not to pay any fees and approached the police for help.

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