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Wheel­chair woes have cropped up again at Gandhi Hos­pi­tal with Dub­baka MLA Ra­ma­linga Reddy's wife Su­jatha com­plain­ing that the wheel­chair was not given to her pa­tient on time and they had to wait for it.

A ver­bal com­plaint was made by her to the Gandhi Hos­pi­tal su­per­in­ten­dent Dr P Shra­van Ku­mar.

But doc­tors in the hos­pi­tal state that Su­jatha had cre­ated a ruckus in the cor­ri­dor as the at­ten­dant took time to get the wheel­chair. A se­nior doc­tor ex­plained, “The MLA’s wife was not ready to wait. The ward boy had an el­derly pa­tient who had to be taken to the ward and she wanted the wheel­chair im­me­di­ately for her rel­a­tive. The ward boy took time and oth­ers were also busy due to the hec­tic sched­ule.”

Gandhi Hos­pi­tal has been given more than 1,000 new wheel­chairs and there are also old wheel­chairs which are ly­ing in the store room. Due to the large num­ber of pa­tients at the hos­pi­tal, the wheel­chairs are in use ev­ery day.

An­other se­nior doc­tor ex­plained, “We can’t keep wheel­chairs in the cor­ri­dor as we are not sure that they will be safe or kept in good con­di­tion. For this rea­son, they have to be kept back in the store room ev­ery day.”

Ms Su­jatha’s rel­a­tive has been ad­mit­ted in the neu­rol­ogy depart­ment and was at­tended per­son­ally by the su­per­in­ten­dent Dr Ku­mar. Now the su­per­in­ten­dent is on leave and not avail­able for com­ment.

When con­tacted, Mr Ra­ma­linga Reddy de­nied the whole thing. “There was no prob­lem. My wife has not reg­is­tered any com­plaint.”

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