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Debunked: Smriti Irani, PM Modi’s Lie About Amethi Hospital Refusing To Admit Patient Because He Had Ayushman Card

Contrary to Irani's claim, the deceased was admitted to the hospital and given treatment.

Union Minister and the Bharatiya Janata Party candidate from Amethi, Smriti Irani alleged on May 5 that Rahul Gandhi was responsible for the death of a patient at the Sanjay Gandhi hospital in Amethi. The same false claim was reiterated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 

She alleged that a patient in need of medical treatment was turned down by the Sanjay Gandhi hospital just because he was a beneficiary of the government’s National Health Protection Scheme.

Irani had said, “A person died as he was denied treatment in a hospital where Rahul Gandhi is the trustee, just because he had an Ayushman Bharat card… The family sent an innocent man to his deathbed just for political gains, that is how low they are.”

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But did it really happen? Did the hospital, of which Rahul Gandhi is a trustee, turn a patient down because he happened to have an Ayushman Bharat card? No.

As per an investigation carried out by TV9 Bharatvarsh, Nanhe Lal, the patient, was admitted to the hospital and treatment was given to him.

TV9 managed to unearth documents that prove that Nanhe Lal — who was suffering from severe liver damage — was admitted to the hospital on April 25. The admission card of the deceased proves this.  He died on April 26, despite the medical treatment. TV9 also had the death certificate of Nanhe Lal, issued by the Sanjay Gandhi hospital.

“When Nanhe Lal was admitted to our hospital at 11 pm on April 25, he did not have an Ayushman Bharat card with him,” said a hospital employee, speaking to TV9. He added, “But because his condition was severe, he was admitted immediately. The family members came with the Ayushman card the following day. But we do not have any system where Ayushman can be applied on a backdated manner. We said that let the treatment continue; money would not be an issue.”

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