, 18 Mar. 04 :
A network of touts backed by some local insurance agents are
active at the Burdwan Medical College & Hospital. The agents
come into act once a patient is admitted specially if with
injury due to accident. The patient or their relatives are
presented with a visiting card & requested to contact them
as they can help in claiming accidental insurance claims.
The network is so strong that they freely move into even the
female wards of hospital at the oddest hours in the night.
During the recent bus accident near Khandagosh, on 04.02.04
resulting 4 deaths & more than 39 injuries, the touts moved
into the Emergency building of the hospital & presented all
injured patients with their visiting cards. Even this network is
reported to `influence' the relatives of deceased to sign at
blank declarations baiting them to help in receiving `insurance
The Deputy Super of the hospital, M. Murshed, said "we are
aware of such incidents. Once we identify such people, we will
definitely hand over them to the police. I personally have
started sudden visit at the wards. This will sure keep intruders
out of the wards."
Although the administration claim of keeping intruders out of
the hospital, the real scenario is quite different. Touts
involved with insurance, medicine & private nursing home
sectors, have a free entry in the wards all over the day &
night with help from the hospital's security personnel. Although
the hospital administration has made usage of identity cards a
mandatory stuff, hardly anyone uses them till date.