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After allegations of negligence, Indore audits hospital deaths

Indore chief medical and health officer Dr Praveen Jadia said that while the hospital’s license has been cancelled, only a probe will establish whether it was guilty of negligence.

Written by Milind Ghatwai | Bhopal | Updated: May 9, 2020 6:27:13 am
Indore hospital's license suspended after kin of four patients allege negligence A team of doctors examine residents of Vallabh Nagar locality in wake of the coronavirus pandemic, in Bhopal, Friday, May 1, 2020. (PTI Photo)(PTI01-05-2020_000239B)

The Indore district administration on Friday began an audit of deaths at Gokuldas Hospital following allegations of negligence levelled by relatives of four patients who died on Thursday. One of the key doctors of the hospital denied the allegations.

The decision for the audit was taken after a video made by relatives of the patients went viral, in which they alleged that the hospital was in a hurry to move from the yellow category (where suspected COVID patients are treated) to green category (non-COVID facility) and paid no attention to the patients admitted there.

A team of doctors led by Indore Chief Medical and Health Officer Dr Praveen Jadia visited the hospital and collected treatment papers of the deceased patients late Thursday. On Friday Dr Jadia said the hospital’s license has been temporarily suspended. The 13 patients in the hospital were shifted to other hospitals.

However, late Friday, the CMHO told The Indian Express that the licence has not been suspended, and that any such action would follow if the probe establishes negligence.

When asked about allegations that other patients had been turned away by the hospital management, Dr Jadia said the team was looking into it. He said the collector of Mandsaur district had also written to the Indore administration based on a complaint that the hospital had refused to treat a Mandsaur patient who later died.

Dr Sanjay Gokuldas, a key doctor of the hospital, denied the allegations about Thursday’s deaths. He said the four patients — aged 55, 64, 74, and 78 — suffered from critical illnesses and their health updates were being regularly provided to the health control room and the nodal officer.

Regarding the allegation of discharging patients early to turn into a green category hospital, Dr Gokuldas claimed the decision to discharge patients was taken by a team appointed by the district administration, not the hospital.
In the video, the relatives alleged that the patients’ condition was stable, but they died because the hospital wanted to discharge them early.

Tweeting the video, former Chief Minister Kamal Nath said the state of affairs at the hospital had put a question mark on the health services in MP and the intention of CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

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