Tribune News Service
Patiala, September 6
Leaving hospital authorities and district administration in a tight spot, a member of legislative assembly (MLA), Punjab left the Government Rajindra Hospital in Patiala and shifted to a private hospital on Saturday evening.
Nirmal Singh was the only coronavirus-positive MLA who had preferred a government hospital to a private one for treatment of coronavirus.
Now Singh is also taking treatment at a private hospital in Patiala.
The development, once again, has raised questions over the treatment and facilities at Government Rajindra Hospital.
The MLA was admitted to the Rajindra hospital on Friday after spending some time under home isolation.
Interestingly, Singh -- in a video shared by the district administration -- was seen appraising facilities and doctors at the Rajindra Hospital. In the video, he had said, "No one should go to a private hospital and visit only government facilities -- including Government Rajindra Hospital."
Confirming the development, Patiala Civil Surgeon Dr Harish Malhotra said that the MLA had requested them to shift him to a private hospital.
It has been learned that MLA was given a special room at Rajindra Hospital.
Satnam Singh, the MLA's son, told The Tribune: "My father was home isolated, however, he shifted to Rajindra Hospital after he had difficulty in passing urine. We took him to a private hospital as the washrooms were not clean and hygienic at Rajindra.”
Meanwhile, hospital authorities said that MLA shifted to a private hospital due to personal reasons.
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