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2 cantonment hospital docs get warning letters

Two doctors,including an assistant resident medical officer,of the Cantonment General Hospital in Khadki have been reprimanded for not maintaining the case file of a pregnant woman whose child died in the womb at the hospital three days back.

Written by Ishfaq Naseem | Pune |
September 18, 2011 2:11:48 am

Two doctors,including an assistant resident medical officer (ARMO),of the Cantonment General Hospital in Khadki have been reprimanded for not maintaining the case file of a pregnant woman whose child died in the womb at the hospital three days back.

According to the officials,they have issued warning letters to a surgeon and an ARMO for not maintaining the case file of the woman admitted on September 14 for delivery. The woman,who hails from Karnataka,stays at Khadki and was admitted at around 3 am on September 14. The ARMO who was reportedly on night duty attended on her that day but did not maintain the case file. Later,when he gave charge to another doctor,he too didn’t maintain the case file and no memo was also written on the death of the child.

Senior officials of the cantonment hospital who learned about the incident instituted an inquiry and found that both the doctors had neglected their duty. They have been issued warning letters. Sources said that instead of the doctors who were on duty,it was the Resident Medical Officer (RMO) who later wrote the case file.

Sources said the woman was six months pregnant and on diagnosis it was found that her child had died even before she was admitted to hospital. She was informed about it and the fetus was expelled using medication. Officials said that the case file not being maintained made it tough for the paramedical staff to attend on the woman. “The paper work was not done by any of the doctors. They were supposed to issue a memo following which a postmortem on the fetus could have been performed. All these issues were taken note of and a meeting was called in which doctors were given a severe warning not to repeat their negligence,” said a senior official at the hospital. Officials said that the woman was discharged on Saturday after post-mortem on the foetus was carried out at Sasson hospital.

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KCB chief executive officer (CEO),S V R Chandrashekhar said the child had died in the womb even before she was admitted to the hospital. He said that the matter has been taken note of by the hospital administration.

Cantonment board member and chairman Finance Committee,S L Kamble,however,said that severe action should be taken against the doctors under the Cantonment Fund rules. He said the cantonment board members will approach the president of the cantonment board and draw his attention to the negligence of doctors for severe action against them.

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