Newborn death case: Probe report nails doctors,staff on duty

The two-member committee probing the death of a newborn at Government Multi-Specialty Hospital,Sector 16,on July 21...

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: August 20, 2010 1:46:35 am

The two-member committee probing the death of a newborn at Government Multi-Specialty Hospital,Sector 16,on July 21,has recommended criminal action against three senior (Class I) doctors,two junior doctors on duty at the time of incident and staff members who were negligent in performing their duties.

Those in dock include Dr Deepak (Paediatrics department) who had declared the child dead without giving him cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR); Dr Usha,Dr Suneet Walia,Students if Diploma National Board (DNB) Dr Vandana and Dr Smriti (Gyane OPD); Dr Parveen (Paediatrics department),who did not examine the child; Dr Rita,Dr Avneet and intern Dr Sween,were also on duty in the labour ward that day.

The panel of Additional Deputy Commissioner P S Shergill and Director Principal of GMCH,Dr Raj Bahadur,in their 200-page report have given elaborate description of the negligence of the doctors and the staff members. The report is now with the legal remembrance (LR),UT,for booking those responsible under the relevant provisions of the criminal law as well.

Sources said the doctors found guilty will be suspended and booked under the relevant provisions of law.

The LR will submit his report to the Secretary (Health) Ram Niwas on Monday,and he in will forward it to UT Administrator Shivraj Patil,who will take a final call on the action recommended in the report and legal provisions added by the LR.

A senior official of the Administration said,“Action against errant doctors will be a deterrent for all those who fail to perform their duties. The opinion of the LR has been sought to ensure the case against the doctors and other staff is foolproof. Since Class I officers are involved,action can only be initiated after getting a nod from the Administrator.”

Besides nailing the doctors and medical staff of the hospital,the report has also recommends systematic changes in the functioning of hospital. During Bulbul case,it came to light that attendants at the hospital were prescribing tests. It has been recommended that a vigil be maintained against such activities and the culprits be taken to the task.

On July 21,Bulbul,a native of Bihar,had delivered a baby at the OPD counter of the hospital after there was delay in admitting her. CCTV footage had shown that she was made to go around from one counter to another for completion of formalities,and finally the newborn died as its head hit the floor.

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