Bihar: ‘Denied surgery’ by hospital,HIV patient dies

The 45-year-old with an intestinal disorder allegedly needed immediate surgery.

Written by Santosh Singh | Patna | Published:September 11, 2013 11:45 pm

An HIV patient died Monday night after doctors at Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) allegedly refused to operate on her.

The 45-year-old with an intestinal disorder allegedly needed immediate surgery.

A PMCH doctor allegedly tore her prescription on learning that she was HIV positive and “asked (her) to leave”.

Bihar Human Rights Commission took cognizance of the matter Tuesday. It asked the state health department to file a report by September 25.

The woman visited the PMCH out-patient department on August 26 complaining of stomach pain. She was prescribed medicines and asked to return a week later. She again visited PMCH on September 2 and was advised to get admitted.

Her son said: “Doctors advised a number of tests,including for HIV. After the doctor who was to conduct her surgery learnt she was HIV positive,he tore her prescription and asked us to leave.”

Dr J P Gupta,who allegedly refused to operate on the patient,said: “It was not a case of surgery but of medicine. The patient had low electrolytes serum and was anemic. We have operated on many AIDS patients.”

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