Agra district administration and SN Medical College authorities ordered separate inquiries on Monday after an audio clip of a purported conversation between a senior surgeon and a junior doctor went viral. In the audio, the senior doctor purportedly advises his subordinate to admit a patient of even if he “dies” later and also to tell the attendant to arrange for 10 units of blood.
The patient, 18-year-old Brijesh Singh, reportedly died six hours after being admitted to the hospital. His father, Teekam Singh, resident of Sikandara locality in Agra, filed a complaint at the MM Gate police station Sunday alleging that junior doctors had refused to admit Brijesh Friday night. The father claimed that Brijesh’s cousin had then called up the senior surgeon seeking help to get the patient, who was suffering from septic ulcer, admitted to the hospital. The senior doctor talked to the junior doctor on Brijesh’s cousin cellphone. The audio clip is a recording of the purported conversation between the two doctors. The father claimed that the patient was admitted on “senior surgeon’s advice” but died within six hours.
The police, however, have refused to lodge an FIR into the matter. SSP Agra, Pritinder Singh said the police cannot lodge an FIR against a doctor unless either SN Medical college authorities or the District Magistrate orders to do so.
Efforts were made to contact the senior surgeon, but his phone came switched off.
Talking to The Indian Express, Teekam Singh said, “We cremated Brijesh’s body on Saturday. My nephew was deleting some audio recordings from his phone when he discovered the audio of the conversation between the surgeon and the junior doctor. We were shocked at insensitive attitude of the doctor. He said to admit my son even if they may kill him. I am ashamed to call him a doctor.”
When contacted, Dr Ajay Agarwal, the acting principal of SN Medical College, said, “We have formed a three member committee which includes me, Dr Juhi Singhal (Surgery Department) and Superintendent-in-Chief, Dr Himanshu Yadav. We will submit our report to the college authorities within three days and further course of action will be decided on the basis of the findings”.
DM Agra, Gaurav Dayal too has ordered an inquiry into the matter by Chief Medical Officer (CMO).