A city-based Supreme Court lawyer has filed a police complaint against Ruby Hall Clinic and one of its doctors, alleging negligence and cruelty, leading to the death of his 54-year-old mother. The hospital has denied the allegations.
Advocate Ashutosh Srivastava recently filed a police complaint under offence of murder with the Koregaon police station. He alleged that his mother had died of cardiac arrest last month due to the negligence of one of the hospital’s cardiologists.
He said that Dr Rahul Patil who had performed an angioplasty on his mother had discharged the patient after being fully satisfied with his work, stating that she was better and only needed rest at home.
“But the patient expired within a week of being discharged,” said advocate Srivastava. Srivastava said that his mother was completely active when brought to the hospital.
According to the doctor, who had attended to her and conducted preliminary tests on her, she had suffered a heart attack, said Srivastava. So, an angiography, followed by an angioplasty, was performed on her, he added.
“The doctor demanded that the relatives make an immediate payment of Rs 40,000 in cash, despite knowing that the patient had mediclaim insurance policy of Rs 6 lakh, with cashless facility,” he alleged in the police complaint. Srivastava said that after the angioplasty was performed, the doctor advised his mother to be shifted to the CCU and later she was shifted to a private room.
“We were told that the patient required only rest in home environment as the angioplasty had been successful.” Srivastava said that six days after the discharge, his mother again developed respiratory problems.
“When we contacted the doctor, we were told to visit his private clinic. When we requested him to come to Ruby’s Wanowrie branch, he never turned up,” he alleged. The advocate said that they arranged for a cardiologist, but before he could understand the medical history, his mother had passed away.
Srivastava said that he wanted to stop unethical practices of hospitals and doctors. “My mother died due negligence and carelessness…I don’t want this to happen to anybody else in this city…I want to raise awareness and seek justice for my mother’s death. I am going to fight this case in the larger interest of the ordinary citizens,” he said.
The Ruby Hall clinic denied all the allegations levelled by the advocate. “There was no negligence whatsoever by the hospital or the doctor. The patient was taken to two other centres before being brought ‘dead’ at our hospital. There was a delay of three hours,” said hospital CEO Bomi Bhote. Bhote rubbished the allegation that the doctors at the hospital demand money.
“I have spoken to the concerned doctor who has clearly told me that he never demanded any money. We have put up boards everywhere in the hospital cautioning patients and their relatives against such things,” he said.