HC seeks reply from two pvt hospitals on death of EWS patient

Taking cognisance of a Newsline report on the death of a young man suffering from TB meningitis,the Delhi High Court on Friday sought explanations from two private hospitals and the Delhi government on the circumstances of the death.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: June 2, 2012 12:23 am

Taking cognisance of a Newsline report on the death of a young man suffering from TB meningitis,the Delhi High Court on Friday sought explanations from two private hospitals and the Delhi government on the circumstances of the death.

Newsline had reported on Friday that 23-year-old Vikram,who was on ventilator support,died at the Bhagwan Mahavir Hospital in Rohini — it is a private hospital,different from a government hospital with the same name in Pitampura — after waiting eight hours on May 30 for an ambulance to shift him to the Max Super Speciality Hospital in Shalimar Bagh.

From the economically weaker section,Vikram worked as a daily wage labour hand to support his parents,wife and month-old daughter.

Brought to the hospital on May 28,he was diagnosed with tuberculous meningitis.

Vikram had a BPL card but his family did not bring this to the notice of the hospital. The family was told to make an initial deposit of Rs 10,000.

A division bench of Acting Chief Justice A K Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw on Friday accepted an application annexing the Newsline report that detailed the chain of events leading to the patient’s death and decided to hear it as a PIL.

The application was moved by Ashok Aggarwal,an advocate who is a member of the court-mandated committee to monitor treatment of EWS patients in city hospitals.

Aggarwal requested that a committee be formed to fix responsibility for the patient’s death.

The court issued notice to the private BM Hospital in Rohini,Max Hospital in Shalimar Bagh and the government,seeking their replies.

It also directed the government to submit a progress report on its inquiry before the next date of hearing on July 11.

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