After a video of a doctor being allegedly beaten up by the family of a baby — who died during treatment at the Chacha Nehru Bal Chikitsalaya (CNBC) — went viral on social media, resident doctors met senior officials of the health department and demanded action against the hospital administration.
According to police, two separate cases have been registered by both parties. “We have also collected the CCTV footage and are verifying the allegations,” said an officer.
Sources said the pre-term baby was referred to CNBC from another hospital. He was diagnosed with Respiratory Distress Syndrome and was in urgent need of a ventilator. Since no free ventilators were available, he was put on an ambu bag — a hand-held ventilator like device —which needs to be pumped constantly.
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CNBC is the only specialised children’s hospital under the Delhi government and one of the few to be equipped with pediatric and neonatal ventilators.
The baby died at 2 am, after which the resident doctor alleged he was abused and roughed up by a member of the child’s family. The baby’s family had alleged negligence in treatment, claiming he could have been saved had he been put on immediate ventilator support. A relative also registered a molestation case against the doctor, said sources.
According to representatives of the Federation of Resident Doctors Association (FORDA), the video was circulated by resident doctors of CNBC. It allegedly shows a heated argument between a member of the patient’s family and the doctor. When security guards tried to intervene, they were also allegedly roughed up. The Indian Express cannot verify the authenticity of the video.
On Saturday, FORDA representatives wrote to Health Minister Satyendar Jain and met Health Secretary Dr Tarun Seem with the video footage.
“We explained our predicament to the authorities. The lack of a ventilator in the hospital is not the fault of the doctor but the administration. After the incident, the hospital administration did not provide any support to the doctor,” said a FORDA representative.
FORDA representatives said doctors across Delhi hospitals will go on strike if the doctor was not provided support by the department. They also demanded that action be taken against the hospital administration.
After the meeting, FORDA said the health secretary had assured them of support. On Saturday evening, hospital authorities were also reportedly called for a meeting. CNBC medical superintendent Dr Anup Mohta did not respond to calls and messages.