Ludhiana hospital deaths: Death in the hands of God, docs tried their best, says Health Minister

“Maut to aadikaal se hoti aa rahi hain. (Deaths have been happening since ancient times). My team of doctors and hospital staff put in all their efforts to treat a patient but death is in the hands of God, " he said.

Written by Raakhi Jagga , Divya Goyal | Ludhiana | Updated: December 4, 2015 7:56:53 pm

While A three-member committee is probing the deaths of three women at the Government Mother and Child Hospital in Ludhiana, Punjab Health Minister Surjit Kumar Jayani on Thursday appeared to absolve doctors of the deaths. The victims’ relatives are claiming they died after being administered the painkiller Diclofenac.

“Is it for the first time that a patient has died? Mout to aadikaal se hoti aa rahi hain. (Deaths have been happening since ancient times). My team of doctors and hospital staff put in all their efforts to treat a patient but death is in the hands of God. Tomorrow, if I am traveling and meet with an accident, I can also die,” he said at the Guru Nanak Stadium here, where he was the chief guest at the opening ceremony of the Punjab School Games.

He, however, said the high-level probe into the deaths will continue. “A committee is probing the matter but is it not for the first time that a patient has died. I have also announced compensation of Rs 2 lakh for the relatives of the victims,” Jayani added.

On the family members of the three victims accusing GMCH doctors of negligence, the minister said: “It is definitely necessary to know the reason behind these deaths and if any doctor is found guilty, action will be taken. The final report will come to me on December 6 and till then no one from the hospital can be pronounced guilty”.

Jayani also admitted that two to three patients share a single bed at government hospitals in Punjab but added that this was better than “poor patients being shown the door”.

“Where will a poor woman go and get her delivery done? So instead of telling them that we do not have separate beds, we are left with no option but to tell patients to share the beds. However, it does not happen on a daily basis,” he said at the Guru Nanak Stadium here, where he was the chief guest at the opening ceremony of the Punjab School Games.

He, however, said the high-level probe into the deaths will continue.

“A committee is probing the matter but is it not for the first time that a patient has died. I have also announced compensation of Rs 2 lakh for the relatives of the victims,” Health Minister Jayani added.

On the family members of the three victims accusing GMCH doctors of negligence, the minister said: “It is definitely necessary to know the reason behind these deaths and if any doctor is found guilty, action will be taken.

The final report will come to me on December 6 and till then no one from the hospital can be pronounced guilty”.

Jayani also admitted that two to three patients share a single bed at government hospitals in Punjab but added that this was better than “poor patients being shown the door”.

“Where will a poor woman go and get her delivery done? So instead of telling them that we do not have separate beds, we are left with no option but to tell patients to share the beds. However, it does not happen on a daily basis,” he said.

Asked if the government would increase the number of beds at hospitals, Jyani said: “Haan, jaise sadke chauri hui hain waise hi bed bhi badha denge. (The way we are widening the roads in Punjab, beds will also be increased in hospitals in due course of time)”.

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