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Six months on,woman awaits husband’s post mortem report

Six months after her husband’s death,Gulshan is yet to hear from PGI authorities.

Six months after her husband’s death,Gulshan is yet to hear from PGI authorities. Virtually penniless after her husband,the sole bread winner of a family of four,died in March due to negligence at the premier hospital’s emergency wing,she now wants the guilty to be penalised and the responsibility to be fixed.

What adds to her woes,is that PGI has neither handed her the post mortem report nor the report of the fact finding committee which was constituted by PGI authorities to look into the matter way back in March.

Helpless,she even tried to get the report through the Right to Information Act,but even after 40 days,she has not got a reply.

“These six months have been harrowing for me and my children. We have no money,and the PGI has not even given me the post mortem report of my husband’s death,what else should I expect? At times,I think of ending our lives than living a life of penury,” Gulshan told Chandigarh Newsline.

A resident of Maloya village,Gulshan has no means to support the education of her two sons and raise her family after she lost her husband who used to work with a private finance company.

When contacted,PGI Police Post in charge,Iram Rizvi said,“The police has done its work. We had sent the treatment chart of the patient along with the post mortem report and the report submitted by the fact finding committee to the higher ups for the needful. However,the viscera report is still pending with the CFSL that will ascertain the exact cause of death.”

PGI’s official spokesperson Manju Wadwalkar said,“The doctors in the fact finding committee had submitted their report. Gulshan’s RTI query is in process and she would get a reply soon.”

It was on March 3 that 45-year-old Anil,sole bread winner of the family,was brought to PGI at about 9.30 am. After lying unattended for over two hours,courtesy a spat between two staff nurses on duty with another patient’s relative,following which the nurses refused to see any patient.

Gulshan meanwhile kept on requesting the doctor on emergency duty to see Anil. “After my repeated requests to the doctor,he checked on Anil and asked me to bring some injections and medicines. Later,one of the injections administered to him led to a reaction. I brought this to the notice of the doctor but he snubbed me. Later he had a strong reaction after the injection thus causing his death.”

In a written complaint given to the PGI and the Chandigarh Police,filed on March 5,Anil’s family had alleged negligence on part of the doctors on emergency duty and the nursing staff,causing his death.

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In fact,the autopsy was conducted on Anil’s body after two days that too on the family’s request and for two days,his body was kept lying in the mortuary.