Owner of Vatsalya Hospital refuses to fix blame for warming machine blast

ST Correspondent
Sunday, 1 October 2017

Pune: Dr Gaurav Chopade, owner of Vatsalya Hospital at Budhwar Peth, has refused to fix blame for the blast of the warming machine until the investigation is over. He was interacting with the media on Friday at the Pune Chapter of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) office on Tilak Road.

Pune: Dr Gaurav Chopade, owner of Vatsalya Hospital at Budhwar Peth, has refused to fix blame for the blast of the warming machine until the investigation is over. He was interacting with the media on Friday at the Pune Chapter of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) office on Tilak Road.

“The incident was very unfortunate. I am as much traumatised with the death of the baby as the parents are. On Tuesday morning, after the delivery, the baby started developing breathing problem. Hence, it was kept under the warmer. I was attending to the baby’s mother in another room, when the incident happened. The nurse was present at the moment. She promptly removed the baby from the warmer,” recalled Dr Chopade.

Dr Chopade added that he rushed the baby to another ICU, along with the nurse, on a bike. “I was the one who called the police and reported the matter. I also accompanied the ambulance from the hospital to the Sassoon General Hospital (SGH),” said Dr Chopade.

He said the maintenance engineer from the warmer company had visited the hospital on Monday evening. The maintenance engineer had then stated that the warmer was in good condition. The machine was purchased in August 2016 and was regularly maintained, he said.

“It is a very unfortunate incident, but it was not due to medical negligence. However, I do not wish to blame anyone until the police investigation is over,” said Dr Chopade. Supporting Dr Chopade, Dr Prakash Marathe, President, Pune Chapter, IMA, said, “The incident was very unfortunate. However, it was not because of medical negligence. We should wait for the report of the investigation before coming to any conclusion.”

The IMA chief further said they are against cut and commission practices. However, the proposed law by the government needs amendments so that innocent doctors are not harassed.

“The Medical Council of India (MCI), Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC) and other acts can be modified to include all clinical establishment and healthcare providers and managements of hospitals. All hospitals, corporate health institutes should be brought under its preview,” said Marathe.

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