[AI] Denied access to hospitals without assistant

P. Subramani subramani6912 at gmail.com
Wed May 9 10:52:11 EDT 2018

Well I have stayed in sreedareeyam hospital for treatment for 3 weeks 
without any sighteds' assistance.  Infact, we were 4 totally blind persons. 
No doctor/hospital authority insisted upon us to have sighteds' assistance. 
They were very cooperative towards us. Initially or on the first day, they 
brought  medicines and personnel to our room for treatment assuming that we 
blind wouldn't be  navigate independently to the designated treatment rooms. 
>From the next day, we insisted that  they do not all these exercises and we 
ourselves went to the treatment rooms to get the treatment.  from then on, 
things were normal.   We used to go to the canteen on our own daily although 
room service was available at certain charges. During the free time, we 
roamed the  entire hospital and surroundings as well.  The nurses were also 
very accommodative. I do know Dr. Sri Kanth for a long time.  He  was one of 
the doctors treating us, but fortunately, there weren't any problems.   From 
your mail, it seems either your mobility  is not that good (no offense to 
you personally, just a general observation/probability) or the doctors have 
terribly misjudged.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Poonam" <poonam.vaidya at gmail.com>
To: "AccessIndia: a list for discussing accessibility and issues concerning 
the disabled." <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
Sent: 09 May, 2018 6:32 PM
Subject: [AI] Denied access to hospitals without assistant

> Hi friends,
> Last month, I was admitted into Sreedhareeyam Ayurvedic Hospital in Kochi. 
> Before going, I had met the main doctor, Dr. Srikanth in the Sreedhareeyam 
> clinic Bangalore and discussed plans about going to the hospital without 
> an assistant. He suggested that I have an assistant for the first 3 days 
> since I was new and then I could manage alone. So this is what I did. 
> However, on the second last day before my assistant was due to leave, the 
> doctors started saying it would not be possible for me to stay alone. The 
> reason they gave me was that I did not have enough vision to manage. I had 
> already arranged laundry, cafeteria services, etc and there was absolutely 
> nothing I could not do alone. However, they still said no and I had to 
> return.
> Another Naturopathy hospital, Jindal also has continuously denied me 
> treatment and finally agreed if I take the most expensive accomodation 
> with an assistant.
> I am writing this to ask any of you who know about the legal angle of 
> denying a person with disability into a hospital/clinic without an 
> assistant. I really do not need an assistant nor do I feel comfortable 
> having one. Does the 2016 PWD Act have anything on this? The two hospitals 
> are private, not government funded.
> I plan to write to the NHAB (National Health Accreditation Board), the 
> hospital authorities and some journalist friends. Any more suggestions are 
> welcome.
> Poonam
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