An inquiry report into a complaint against Fortis Hospital,Mohali,has found carelessness on the part of hospital staff who were about to administer an expired injection to a patient Balbir Kaur on April 6.
In its report submitted to the director (health and family welfare),the inquiry conducted by Civil Surgeon Dr Usha Bansal and a team stated that at the time of issuing any drug from the store,it is the storekeepers duty to check the expiry date of the drug. After that,the duty staff are responsible to check it before giving it to patient.
But in the case of Balbir Kaur,a USA citizen,nobody had checked the expiry date of the drug. The report also observes that there had been negligence on the part of Fortis Hospital in every aspect in the case.
The official spokesperson of the hospital claimed that they were yet to get the copy of the report and only then would they be able to comment on the issue. Bansal,who was asked to conduct an inquiry,had constituted a four-member committee consisting Mohali Senior Medical Officer Dr Rajiv Bhalla,Dr Jaswant Singh,Dr Navjot Kaur and Sudha Dehal to inquire into the complaint by Sector 48 resident Kanwarjeet Singh.
He had alleged that a hospital nurse was about to administer an injection which had expired around a year ago to his mother Balbir Kaur (66) on April 6.
Kanwarjeet had alleged that it was he who had seen the expiry date and stopped the nurse from administering the injection.
The inquiry report by the committee clearly mentioned that injection had expired a year prior to the date of issue.