FREE TREATMENT TO POOR: PATIENTS STAGE DEMO AT K.R. HOSPITAL

Irated patients of KR Hospital, alleging that the hospital refused free treatment to the poor non-BPL card holders, vented out their fury yesterday, with a group led by one Babu of N.R. Mohalla staging a demonstration infront of the hospital Medical Superintendent's office, demanding free treatment to poor patients.

The KR Hospital authorities who are required to treat the poor freely, are in fact asking for income certificate and BPL cards to do so, they alleged while raising slogans against the hospital doctors and management.

The protestors also entered into a verbal duel with the authorities, which led to tension in the premises for sometime.

Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr. Geetha Avadhani, who rushed to the spot, attempted to calm the agitated protestors saying the government order specifies that free treatment should be provided to only those holding BPL card and to those having an annual income of less than Rs. 20,000. This statement infuriated the protestors further.

Devaraja Inspector Shanthamallappa provided tight security.