Gorakhpur hospital deaths: 7 red flags in 7 months, Oxygen firm warned it would cut supply

Gorakhpur hospital deaths: On Friday afternoon, after the deaths were reported, the hospital administration paid about Rs 20 lakh. According to Pushpa Sales, the total pending dues is now about Rs 40 lakh.

Written by Maulshree Seth | Gorakhpur | Updated: August 13, 2017 4:50 am
gorakhpur, gorakhpur deaths, gorakhpur hospital deaths, gorakhpur hospital tragedy, Yogi Adityanath, Up government, Gorakhpur hospital deaths: A woman with her child in the encephalitis ward of BRD Medical College Hospital in Gorakhpur on Saturday. (Source: Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)

# “The delay in payment is reaching six months… in case of further delay, the entire responsibility would be of BRD Medical.”

# “We would be unable to continue supply… in case of non-payment of dues… it would not be our responsibility.”

These were the last two letters sent by Pushpa Sales Pvt Limited — the company which supplies liquid oxygen to Baba Raghav Das Medical College Hospital in Gorakhpur where 60 children have died since August 7 — to the principal, Rajeev Mishra. From February to August this year, the company sent at least seven reminders, asking the hospital to clear its pending dues.

The letters were sent by the company’s sales manager in Gorakhpur, Deepankar Sharma. Speaking to The Sunday Express, Sharma said they had also sent a legal notice to the hospital administration on July 31, but there was no response.

gorakhpur, gorakhpur deaths, gorakhpur hospital deaths, gorakhpur hospital tragedy, Yogi Adityanath, Up government, Gorakhpur hospital deaths: A copy of the letter was sent to the Gorakhpur district magistrate also. (Source: Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)

“As per the agreement, payments should be made within 15 days, and the arrears should never exceed Rs 10 lakh. Our payment was due since November 2016, and only two partial payments were released (in May and June). However, we continued to supply oxygen for about nine months on humanitarian grounds. But finally, we did not have enough funds to pay the company from which we source oxygen,” said Sharma, adding that they maintained supply till August 4.

“After waiting for about three months, we sent the first letter in February 2017. The payment due was then around Rs 42 lakh. We continued to send reminders — in April, May, June, two in July and August — informing the hospital that it was becoming difficult for us to ensure supply from our own funds any longer. The total amount due was over Rs 60 lakh,” said Sharma.

On Friday afternoon, after the deaths were reported, the hospital administration paid about Rs 20 lakh. According to Pushpa Sales, the total pending dues is now about Rs 40 lakh.

“The delay in payment is reaching six months (and) in case of further delay, the entire responsibility would be of BRD Medical,” the company said in a letter dated July 18, 2017. A copy of the letter was sent to the Gorakhpur district magistrate also.

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“We would be unable to continue supply in the future in case of non-payment of dues, and it would not be our responsibility any longer,” it reiterated in another letter dated August 1.

Pointing out that Pushpa Sales was just the distributor and the oxygen is sourced from a company in Rajasthan, Sharma said it would take another day before proper supply is restored to the hospital.

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      Chandramohan
      Aug 13, 2017 at 6:00 pm
      Gas supplying company cannot run business in lack of funds they r right total responsibility is of administration who failed to pay dues when they were aware of delay medical college prin l Rajiv Mishra is a simple prey health minister and District magistrate is straight away responsible for this brutality
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        racheeta dhuru
        Aug 13, 2017 at 4:55 pm
        There is no direct evidence to establish death of children due to suffocation. I repeat cause of death if alleged to be lack of oxygen then it means death due to suffocation. I think when we Indian have gone to Mars it is illogical that we continue to be media poor and unrated s who have no scientific knowledge and making big bla bla on hype media who are lurred with money. 63 dead of children is not a joke. UP is highly populated state in India. Rumors move live by wire. It is highly impossible for RG and AK including CPI and Kejri will not know immediately the death due to suffocation. There is no single medical staff or even paramedical stating such facts. ONLY MEDIA like donkey is yawning loudly because of money
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          Rajeev Mishra
          Aug 13, 2017 at 11:07 pm
          I think you should come out of your cocoon and learn about how things actually work in here. Non-payment by government agencies is nothing abnormal. Come visit India someday. You will relaize the truth.
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            S. Gowrishankar,
            Aug 14, 2017 at 3:42 am
            Dear Mishra, Don't be blind with your eyes open. These sensational news will attract you but what is the reality no one knows. So before commenting on others and asking them to come out of their cocoon please come out of your ignorance. We know how the journalists sensationalise the news. 63 dead. All because of oxygen? In one day after their birth? What about other children who were born and alive? They did not have oxygen shortage? Or they survive in vacuum? Come on. Don't cut a joke out of the death of the children. We must stand up and ask the government, regardless of which government is in power, to do everything to stop the death of even a single child. That all we should do. We cannot pass judgements like the stupid journalists.
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          NRI
          Aug 13, 2017 at 3:26 pm
          please for God sake no politics and no blame games now, try to to help the victims and their families and make sure this sad and terrible incident never repeats in any where.
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            NRI
            Aug 13, 2017 at 3:22 pm
            So sad incident, I wish all state and central govt's and officials will take this matter serious and make sure help the victim families and it shouldn't happen this sad and terrible mistake in entire India. Please.
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              ASHOK KUMAR
              Aug 13, 2017 at 3:15 pm
              Modi had said, Na Khayunga , na khaney doonga. What for and who stopped payments to the oxygen supplier. Yogi or his BJP stooges.
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                S. Gowrishankar,
                Aug 14, 2017 at 3:44 am
                No. People like Ashok Kumar who talk without using their brain. They stopped the money. Go and find out if you can.
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                  keshav
                  Aug 13, 2017 at 2:03 pm
                  BRD medical college principle sacked name is r k MISHRA a brahmin - it seems he planned this ethnic genocide far early and got successful
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