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75-year-old woman arrested for medical negligence

She has been running a maternity home in Bibvewadi for 25 years

Written by Express News Service | Published: April 28, 2012 1:01:28 am

She has been running a maternity home in Bibvewadi for 25 years

A 75-year-old woman who has been running a maternity home in Bibvewadi for more 25 years now was on Friday arrested in a case of alleged medical negligence.

Police said a woman who was admitted to the nursing home for delivery had died following excessive bleeding and subsequent complications in March and an expert committee from Sassoon Hospital gave its report that points to negligence. Police have sought information from PMC as to how the woman,Sharley Rajendran,was given permission to run a maternity home although she has done a course in nursing and has no degree in medicine.

Vandana Rajendra Jagdale (26),a resident of Ghorpadi Peth,was admitted to Raj Maternity home run by Rajendran on March 3.

Investigating officer sub-inspector D T Chavan said,“As per primary investigations,after she was admitted,she bled excessively during delivery and developed complications. Following subsequent complications,Vandana died on March 4. The girl she delivered survived.”

After this,Vandana’s relatives approached police.

Chavan added,“We referred the case to the expert committee of Sassoon hospital. After studying the case the committee gave a report that Rajendran should have either called an expert doctor or shifted the patient to a hospital where there were advanced medical aid. She did not do that. After we received the report,we referred it to our legal experts and after that a case of culpable homicide has been registered against Rajendran.”

Police said Rajendran has been running the maternity home for the last 25 years.

“She does not have a degree in medicine but has done a course in nursing. She has a permit from PMC. We have sought information from the PMC health department as to how she was given permission.”

Relatives of the patients could not be contacted for comment.

Rajendran has been booked under IPC section 304A (causing death by negligence),and sections 33 and 36 of the Maharashtra Medical Practitioners Act,1961. She was produced in a court in Pune on Friday which granted her bail.

Dr S T Pardeshi,Chief Medical Officer,Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) said nursing homes are registered under the Bombay Nursing Home Registration Act and care is taken to ensure all requirements are met,such as a functional operation theatre,beds,equipment and qualified doctors.

He added,“There are 650 nursing homes in the city of which 300 are maternity homes. Sassoon hospital medical negligence committee examined the case following which further investigations were conducted.”

According to district health authorities,not many cases of medical negligence are reported and according to the Indian Medical Association officials,most are taken up at the consumer court.

According to Dr Sanjay Gupte,qualified and trained nursing midwives can also conduct deliveries.

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