A nine months pregnant woman, who was in labour, had a harrowing time at Pune Municipal Corporation’s Kamla Nehru Hospital on Saturday after doctors allegedly refused to treat her. Despite being a registered patient here, Amareen Masaroon Shaikh (24) had to be rushed to the nearest private hospital, where she gave birth on Sunday morning.
A preliminary report submitted by Kamla Nehru Hospital’s medical superintendent to the civic body has indicted two doctors — who have received memos — with further action awaited from PMC’s health department.
Javed Khan, Amareen’s uncle and a local Shiv Sena leader, demanded strict action against the doctors and recovery of expenditure of around Rs 40,000 incurred towards the delivery at a private hospital.
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“Amareen is a registered patient at Kamla Nehru Hospital and was following up with doctors there for eight months. Around 10.30 am on Saturday, the labour pains started and she had to be rushed to the hospital. Within an hour of hospitalisation, doctors asked her to go home, saying no healthcare was available at Kamla Nehru Hospital during weekends,” said Khan.
Amareen’s family immediately shifted her to a private hospital, where she gave a birth to a girl around 11.30 am on Sunday.
“What Kamla Nehru Hospital doctors did was unethical. We demand strongest action against them. The civic body should pay us Rs 40,000 towards hospital expenditure,” Khan said.
The preliminary inquiry report states, “The decision taken by doctors concerned was wrong.” It also recommends paying the money to Amareen’s family by deducting money from salaries of the two doctors.
S T Pardeshi, PMC medical officer (health), said he has ordered an inquiry into the matter and necessary action would be taken in a week’s time. “The medical superintendent of Kamla Nehru Hospital was under pressure while preparing the preliminary inquiry report. I have ordered an in-depth inquiry. Legitimate action would be taken against the two doctors, if found guilty,” he said.