Sahadul Alam, a 32 year old van puller from Jalpaiguri, was refused admission to multiple hospitals after meeting with an accident, was given a bed at SSKM Hospital only after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee intervened on 21st September.
“SSKM kept referring us to almost all the city’s government hospitals, citing scarcity of beds,” said Bablu Rehman, a neighbour of Sahadul Alam, the patient.
“Though we couldn’t meet her, she heard about the matter. We were escorted by four police officers, and within 40 minutes, our patient not only got a bed, but also an air-conditioned room,” said Rehman. Questioning the changed stance, he further said: “It is sad that one has to meet the CM to get a bed for treatment… Doesn’t this mean we were being refused despite beds being available?”