Ten patients undergoing treatment at Andhra Pradesh’s Anantapur Government Hospital’s ICU died in the last 24 hours, sparking panic among relatives of those admitted. Relatives of the deceased held a demonstration outside the hospital, alleging that the deaths occurred due to medical negligence.
Medical Superintendent S Jagannath refuted the allegations saying that all 10 patients were admitted in critical condition and despite best efforts could not be saved. “All the patients were elderly and were referred to us by private clinics because they were critical. They were suffering from heart diseases, kidney ailments, brain stroke, pneumonia etc. There was no shortage of medicines or oxygen,’’ he said.
YSR Congress Party and Left leaders joined the relatives to protest the deaths and demanded a compensation of Rs 10 lakh for the kin of the deceased.