The abysmal status of healthcare in the state of West Bengal came to limelight as several deaths including children were reported as a result of private hospitals refusing to admit patients infected with the swine flu virus. The situation in state-run government hospitals under the leadership of Mamata Banerjee, who is holding the posts of both health minister and chief minister, is equally pitiful as government hospitals are struggling to privide adequate beds or medicines to treat swine flu virus. PBT has submitted a memorandum to Mamata Banerjee demanding investigation and exemplary action against the hospitals that have refused to treat patients with swine flu virus infection. PBT has also demanded that all families of victims who have died from swine flu infection due to refusal of treatment or wrong treatment be compensated Rs. 10 lakh by the Bengal government. PBT may move public interest litigation unless government takes appropriate action with the swine flu crisis in West Bengal (see news below).