On Friday, police said they had arrested a 29-year-old ambulance driver who is a qualified MBBS doctor for allegedly overcharging Covid-19 patients.
The ambulance operator charged an elderly patient party an amount of Rs 1.2Lakh to deliver the Covid-19 patient from Gurugram to a hospital in Ludhiana, for a 350km journey. The patient’s father said that initially, the ambulance operator had demanded Rs. 1.4L but had decided to reduce Rs. 20,000 as the patient had enough oxygen supply with her. On May 6, the payment receipt given by the ambulance operator, identified as Mimoh Kumar Bundwal, went viral on social media and created agitation. Under pressure, Bundwal returned $95,000 to the elderly person in an online transaction on Thursday after the post went viral, according to the police. IPS officer Pankaj Nain tweeted, displaying the bill issued by the ambulance party, saying “Have some shamen guys! Fear God.”
As the country suffers the second wave of the pandemic, black-marketing and corruption with narrowing oxygen supply and hospital beds are giving rise to crippling healthcare facilities. Oxygen supply is limited, thus giving rise to a crisis of oxygen throughout the country, especially in Delhi. In the past two weeks, Delhi has experienced an unprecedented crisis in which many vital Covid-19 disease patients have died. Hospitals across Delhi have been unable to obtain oxygen supplies on time or have only been able to obtain minimal supplies that have run out quickly.