Video of bodies next to patients in Mumbai hospital sparks row

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A video of bodies wrapped in plastic bags lying next to patients at Mumbai’s Sion Hospital shared on social media kicked off protests against the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) here today.

The video, second in less than two weeks, showed bodies lying unattended on hospital beds. “Patients are sleeping next to the bodies at Sion Hospital. Very shameful. Since the patients have died of Covid-19, this will cause the spread of infection,” BJP MLA Nitesh Rane said in a video statement.

With the opposition gunning for the Shiv Sena, Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar said a probe had been ordered into the incident.

Deputy Municipal Commissioner Daksha Shah told reporters that the bodies were there for just around half an hour before being removed. “There is some time gap before the bodies are shifted to the morgue. The video was shot in this period,” said Shah.

Sion Hospital Dean Pramod Ingale pointed out that the morgue of the hospital was full and the relatives of the deceased were hesitant about taking the bodies away. “We subsequently removed the bodies and have ordered a probe into the incident,” said Ingale.

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