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Crime branch takes over negligence case against Bombay Hospital docs

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Written by Gautam Sandip Mengle | Mumbai | Posted: May 20, 2014 1:13 am

The Mumbai police crime branch has taken over the investigations into a complaint of medical negligence filed with the Azad Maidan police last year against doctors of the Bombay Hospital, in connection with the death of a patient last year.

Crime branch officers said the case, registered with the police in October 2013, was transferred to the crime branch’s unit I earlier this month, as the complainant, Nandini Suchde, 46, had alleged that the investigation was not being conducted in a proper manner.

As per Suchde’s complaint, she admitted her mother Gitika Ghosh to the Bombay Hospital for a fracture in her thigh bone in January last year. She was operated upon and later shifted from the ICU to the general ward, but later developed multiple complications. After several days of treatment, she ultimately died on January 21 last year. In her statement, Suchde has alleged that the doctors in whose care her mother was, did not take timely action even after she brought her mother’s health problems to their notice, leading to her death.

After an internal inquiry conducted by the hospital allegedly indicated medical negligence on part of the doctors under whose care Ghosh was at the time of her death, Suchde approached the Azad Maidan police with a copy of the report. A complaint was subsequently filed against five doctors of the hospital in October. While the inquiry report did not name anyone, Suchde named five doctors in her complaint, who were booked. The police have since then been investigating the case, but no arrests have been made as yet.

“Earlier this month, the case was transferred to us after Suchde visited senior officers and expressed dissatisfaction with the progress of the investigation. We have received the documents pertaining to the case from the Azad Maidan police and are going through them. These documents include statements from Suchde, reports of all medical tests conducted on Ghosh and statements of the parties concerned as recorded by the Azad Maidan police. After examining the documents, we will take a call as to whether the case needs to be re-investigated from scratch or taken forward from where the Azad Maidan police left off,” said a crime branch officer.

Attack on patients: Police record statement of suspect’s doctor

A week after after a 42-year-old man killed one patient and injured two others in the general ward of Bombay Hospital, the Azad Maidan police station recorded the statements of the doctor treating the suspect. Inspector Arun Patil said that the police would probe what medicine that the accused, Shahabuddin Talukdar, was being administered and whether he ought to have been treated in isolation from other patients.

Talukdar continues to remain under observation at JJ Hospital, who have not formally notified the police if he is suffering from schizophrenia. (ENS)

gautam.mengle@expressindia.com

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