THE PUNE Cantonment Board on Tuesday decided to issue showcause notices to four doctors, including the Resident Medical Officer of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Cantonment General Hospital, for alleged negligence in administering an outdated saline bottle to a woman suffering from a viral infection.
The day-long meeting of the board also saw angry members pulling up authorities over less attention being paid to one of the oldest hospitals in the city. The members of the Pune city and district congress committee submitted a memorandum to CEO of PCB Sanjeev Kumar, demanding strict action against the negligent staff. Board members too protested at the meeting about issues related to alleged lack of cleanliness and delay in treatment given to patients.
The issue of the outdated saline bottle being administered to a patient, Anju Begi, came to the fore on Sunday night when relatives noticed the expiry date. The saline bottle had an expiry date till July 30 this year. A complaint was registered with the police and following this incident, a mob had gathered on Monday to protest against this negligence by the hospital authorities.
On Tuesday, the CEO told the board that already showcause notices have been issued against six employees, including the nursing staff at the ward, and they have been directed to respond within 48 hours. On Tuesday too, the board assured that showcause notices have been slapped against four doctors, including the resident medical officer, Dr S M Mahajan, for stating why they had not checked the expiry date on the saline bottles from August 1 to 20 this year.
Kumar told The Indian Express that that there was no side effect to the patient who was alright and recovering. Usually, after the date of expiry, the medicine may lose its potency and effectiveness, he said. However, he added, those medicines that have crossed the expiry date are either destroyed or sent back to the concerned company. We will ensure that stringent action is taken against the offenders,” he said. A committee is also seriously considering the proposal to improve and modernise the hospital that was built in 1928. The committee with senior Army officers will inquire into the incident and advise corrective measures that have to be taken, Kumar said.