Complaints over excessive billing and mismanagement have led to the cancellation of 10 Telangana hospitals' licences to treat Covid-19 patients. The authorities also issued notices to 79 hospitals after it received 115 complaints over the issue. The Telangana government has capped rates to be charged by hospitals for Covid treatment. However, hospitals appear to be violating the same. Virinchi Hospitals lost its licence to treat Covid patients for the second time, on this occasion over a complaint of medical negligence. Relatives of a patient recently barged into the hospital and allegedly attacked the doctor who had treated the 35-year-old Covid patient who died. "Why did they give strong steroids, wrong medicines to my brother when he only had a mild disease? Why did they offer to refund our money?'' sister of the deceased patient asked.
Sasikala hints at political return
VK Sasikala, eased out from the AIADMK years ago, has hinted at the resumption of efforts to regain control of the party by telling her supporters that there would soon be a "good decision." After announcing ahead of the April 6 Assembly polls, that she would stay away from politics, VK Sasikala said she could not see the party getting ruined due to "infighting." Her reference to the fued, though has no direct mention of the AIADMK or its leadership, is seen as a pointer to alleged differences between top two leaders, K Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam. Sasikala's brief conversation with two of her loyalists over phone has surfaced and this has dropped hints about her rethinking. Sasikala said she would meet supporters after the second wave of coronavirus faded. The party could be brought back to a good shape and there was no need to worry.