Woman Posing as Apollo Hospitals' Doctor and Spreading False Rumours about Former CM's Death, Arrested

CHENNAI, India--()--Apollo Hospitals today confirmed that on 24.02.2017, the Hospital filed a Criminal Complaint against the woman going by the name “Ramasita” who was posing as a doctor in the Hospital and making false and fabricated statements about the Former CM’s Death. “Ramasita” had alleged during a public meeting held recently in R.K. Nagar that she was on duty at the hospital when Late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister was brought to the hospital, and that she was brought dead. A video recording of her speech was widely circulated on Social Media, TV channels and in News Print. This caused tremendous turmoil, damaged the Hospital’s image in the minds of people and considerable distress amongst its Patients.

On 25.02.2017 “Ramasita” was arrested and the police investigation revealed that she was never employed by Apollo Hospitals, not connected to Apollo Hospitals in any manner whatsoever, and is in fact not a medical practitioner in any capacity. She intentionally made those allegations and untrue statements against Apollo Hospitals in order to gain attention and further her political career.

Following the complaint and subsequent investigation, “Ramasita” has been taken into police custody and remanded on charges of cheating by impersonation, spreading rumors with intent to cause riot, creating panic among general public, causing disturbance to public order and for creating hatred between two groups.

The best available care was provided to the late Hon’ble Chief Minister, who was attended to by not just a dedicated team of Doctors associated with Apollo Hospitals, but also a team from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) deputed for this purpose by the Government of India, and domestic and international experts engaged directly by the patient. In spite of the highest standard of medical care being extended to her, the Late Hon’ble Chief Minister passed away from a sudden cardiac arrest on 4th December, 2016.

Unfortunately, her medical treatment and care was sensationalized from various quarters and unwarranted claims were made about the circumstances surrounding her illness and the treatment extended to her. Various malicious, defamatory and slanderous statements against the Hospital continue to be circulated in the media and particularly on Social Media.

In another such instance, the same statement that the Late CM was brought to the Hospital, has been falsely attributed to one of our Doctors, Dr. Ramasubramaniam. A Police Complaint has already been filed by Dr. Ramasubramaniam strongly denying that any such statement was made by him. Apollo Hospitals has also filed a Police Complaint in this regard.

Apollo Hospitals has also issued Legal Notices to You Tube to block/remove these False Videos, News Items, etc. In response You Tube has blocked multiple URLs.

Apollo Hospitals shall take every step to ensure that Justice be done and that the Public is not misled by these falsehoods and baseless rumors.

Apollo Hospitals, its Doctors, nursing and support staff are world renowned for their commitment to providing the very best in healthcare, Patient safety and to them their Patients come first. They will continue to stand by their dedicated service and shall be undeterred by all these malicious efforts to besmirch their impeccable record.

ABOUT APOLLO HOSPITALS

It was in 1983 that Dr. Prathap Reddy made a pioneering endeavor by launching India’s first corporate hospital - Apollo Hospitals in Chennai. Over the years Apollo Hospitals has established itself as home to the largest cardiac practice in India with over 160,000 cardiac surgeries. Apollo Hospitals is also the world’s largest private cancer care provider and runs the world’s leading solid organ transplant program having conducted over 1,500 solid organ transplants in 2014-15 alone.

Now, as Asia’s largest and most trusted healthcare group, its presence includes 9,215 beds across 64 Hospitals, 2,200 Pharmacies, over 90 Primary Care and Diagnostic Clinics, 110 plus Telemedicine Centers and 80 plus Apollo Munich Insurance branches panning the length and breadth of the Country. As an integrated healthcare service provider with Health Insurance services, Global Projects Consultancy capability, 12 plus medical education centers and a Research Foundation with a focus on global Clinical Trials, epidemiological studies, stem cell & genetic research Apollo Hospitals has been at the forefront of new medical breakthroughs with the most recent investment being that of commissioning the first Proton Therapy Center across Asia, Africa and Australia in Chennai, India. Every four days, the Apollo Hospitals Group touches a million lives, in its mission to bring healthcare of International standards within the reach of every individual.

In a rare honor, the Government of India issued a commemorative stamp in recognition of Apollo's contribution, the first for a healthcare organization. Apollo Hospitals Chairman, Dr. Prathap C Reddy, was conferred with the prestigious Padma Vibhushan in 2010. For more than 33 years, the Apollo Hospitals Group has continuously excelled and maintained leadership in medical innovation, world-class clinical services and cutting-edge technology. Our hospitals are consistently ranked amongst the best hospitals globally for advanced medical services and research.

Contacts

Apollo Hospitals
Sunit Lohiya
+91-40-2360-7777 extn 5189
sunit_l@apollohospitals.com

Release Summary

Apollo Hospitals confirmed that the Hospital filed a Criminal Complaint against the woman going by the name Ramasita who was posing as a doctor in the Hospital & making false statements about the CM.

Contacts

Apollo Hospitals
Sunit Lohiya
+91-40-2360-7777 extn 5189
sunit_l@apollohospitals.com