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RML hospital says ‘nature of injuries’ caused baby’s death

Citing the “nature of injuries” as the cause of death of the 10-month-old baby boy,authorities at the Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital did a complete u-turn on Monday,saying the doctors’ absence had nothing to do with the child’s death.

Written by Vidya Krishnan | New Delhi |
February 17, 2009 12:52:09 am

Citing the “nature of injuries” as the cause of death of the 10-month-old baby boy,authorities at the Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital did a complete u-turn on Monday,saying the doctors’ absence had nothing to do with the child’s death. The hospital authorities now insist that the duty doctor was not only present,but was “constantly monitoring” the child’s condition during the night.

The cover up comes 24 hours after hospital authorities had admitted that senior resident Dr Saurav Rana had not reported to work on Saturday night, leaving 16 critically injured burns patients unattended.

“I sympathise with the family but the nature of injuries was such that the chances of survival for the child were minimal. We will investigate the matter,” said Dr N K Chaturvedi,medical superintendent,RML Hospital.

Asked if he had spoken to Dr Rana about the incident,Dr Chaturvedi said it was the responsibility of the Head of the Burns department to do so.The infant was admitted to the burns ward of RML Hospital with 65 per cent injuries. The child’s condition deteriorated rapidly during Saturday night and in the alleged absence of the duty doctor,the baby died.

As per hospital records,the ‘on-call’ doctor was asked to report to work as the duty doctor had not turned up. By the time the doctor on-call reached the hospital around 5 am,the child had died. 

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