Sassoon Hospital yet to receive complaint

ST Correspondent
Saturday, 26 May 2018

The complaint filed has also named two doctors from the hospital for alleged negligence.

Pune: After the four-month-old girl died on Thursday morning due to alleged medical negligence, the parents have filed a complaint with the Samarth police station on late on Thursday night against KEM Hospital and Research Centre. However, authorities at Sassoon General Hospital (SGH), on Friday said that no complaint has reached the hospital for further inquiry.

Young Gautami was admitted to city-based KEM Hospital on May 4 following which she was advised a surgery. However, her father Vinayak Chaudhari alleged that the hospital administration delayed the surgery due to lack of funds and the negligent attitude of the staff lead to the death of the young girl on Thursday. The last rites of the baby were performed on Thursday night.

Speaking about the complaint, Sanjay Chavhan, Assistant Police Commissioner, said that the family of the infant has given an application at the police station alleging  KEM Hospital for the delay in her treatment for lack of funds.

“Now we will start the process of recording their statements, recording the medicines used, treatment given among other things. We would also be checking if a postmortem was conducted and seek reports of the same. All these documents would be then submitted to a doctors’ committee at SGH for further investigation,” said Chavan.

The complaint copy stated that though the family was a yellow ration card holder, that is below the poverty line, the hospital demanded Rs 3 lakh as fees. As gathering funds took time, the hospital did not rush the procurement of the device needed for the surgery. This delay was responsible for the death of the child.

The complaint filed has also named two doctors from the hospital for alleged negligence.

Speaking to Sakal Times, about the complaint, Dr Ajay Taware, Medical Superintendent of SGH said that as of late Friday evening, no complaint came to the hospital.

“In medical negligence cases, the case comes to SGH and then we set up a committee for inquiry. But so far we have not got the case. Also, if there is no postmortem done in medical negligence cases, other evidence can also be considered and an inquiry can be done,” said Taware.

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