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Inquiry into alleged medical negligence at GMSH-16 closed

Hospital authorities say complainant did not turn up for recording statements.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: October 29, 2013 1:59:33 am

An inquiry by Government Multi Speciality Hospital (GMSH),Sector 16 into alleged medical negligence by a doctor has been closed. Reason: the complainants did not turn up.

The father of 21-year-old Naina (name changed) had alleged that after surgery by a GMSH-16 doctor,the fallopian tubes of his daughter were damaged. After Newsline reported the matter on October 3,an inquiry was ordered into the case by Rajiv Vadehra,then Director Health Services (DHS) and Medical Superintendent,GMSH-16. He had handed over the inquiry to the head of the surgery department Dr K S Bal.

After nearly a month,the inquiry has been closed. While the hospital authorities attribute it to the complainant and other family members not turning up to record their statements,the father of the patient claims that reports by private doctors have confirmed that nothing is amiss.

Dr Himmat Mohan Singh,the doctor who was accused of medical negligence,refused to comment. The 21-year-old was operated for appendectomy at GMSH-16 on June 17. Later,when the girl complained of pain,a biopsy was conducted. As per the biopsy report,the tissues of fallopian tubes were damaged.

The report raised suspicion in the minds of family members who later asked for an independent inquiry into the matter. Father of the woman alleged that her daughter’s fallopian tubes were either damaged or removed during her operation.

“I sent two letters to the complainant,first on October 14 and again on October 24. But no one from the complainant’s family turned up,” Dr KS Bal said.

He added,“As they did not respond to my letters,I was left with no option but to close the case. Finally,I have submitted the inquiry report to the authorities.”

An official spokesperson of GMSH-16 said,“The complainant did not turn up,so the inquiry was closed. We were ready to inquire from our side,but what can one do if the complainant doesn’t turn up and is not ready to co-operate.”

The father of the victim said,“I got my daughter examined by a couple of private doctors,and they have confirmed that everything is fine. Now,if my daughter is fine,then there is no need of any inquiry.”

He refused to comment when asked if he was being pressurised or coaxed into withdrawing his complaint.

Earlier,when the proceedings were on,Naina’s father had told Newsline that he was receiving calls to withdraw the complaint in lieu of cash.

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