Hospital workers in Peru arrested after charging COVID-19 patients more than £15,000 per bed | World News



Nine people have been arrested in Peru, accused of charging COVID-19 patients the equivalent of more than £15,000 for hospital beds that should have been free.

The group – including the administrators of Lima’s Guillermo Almenara Irigoyen public hospital – was arrested by Peruvian police during an early morning raid on Wednesday.

Officers had been tipped off by the brother of a COVID-19 patient who had been asked for 82,000 soles (about £15,200) to get an intensive care bed and medical treatment.

Nine people have been arrested over the bed-selling scandal
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Nine people were arrested over the bed-selling scandal

The scam at the hospital was described as “totally reprehensible” by Health Minister Óscar Ugarte.

He added: “We cannot be negotiating with people’s lives.”

When the pandemic was at its worst, many Peruvian patients paid a lot of money to private clinics, as the public health system was on its knees.

But the hospital…



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