Egyptian officials are investigating the forced removal from hospital of a man who had been diagnosed with Aids.
The case, in the northern region of Gharbia, has prompted outrage on social media after videos and pictures of the incident were circulated online.
They show him being dragged along the floor from a hospital in Kafr el-Zayat, a city about 100km (about 65 miles) from the capital, Cairo.
The Ministry of Health has said hospital staff must be held accountable, saying they had not followed appropriate procedures.
HIV and Aids are highly stigmatised in Egypt.