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.
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…