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DENGUE DEATH: Haryana govt probe finds Fortis Hospital guilty

06 December 2017

A government panel probing the death of a seven-year-old girl has indicted Gurgaon's Fortis hospital for "several irregularities" including overcharging the patient's family and negligence, Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij said, announcing that the government meant to file a police complaint against the hospital.

The statement came after a committee of senior doctors, formed by the state government, gave its recommendations.

Mr Vij alleged the girl died because the hospital did not follow the basic protocol after her parents insisted on taking her to another hospital.

"The girl was on ventilator in the hospital, but she was provided with an ordinary ambulance".

- It is unethical for the doctor to stop the assisted ventilation without handing over to other specialist or directing the relative to ventilate the child by means of ambu-bag.

Revealing the findings of the three-member probe panel constituted by the state government, Anil Vij disclosed that the state government shall be getting a criminal case registered against the hospital on charges of "causing death by negligence" under Section 304-A of Indian Penal Code.

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"The ambulance in which the girl was being transported had no such facilities". As per guidelines issued by IMA, advance life support ambulance should have been provided to the patient.

Haryana will be writing to the Medical Council of India demanding action against the hospital. The hospital has also been found guilty of overcharging for all medicines and other items.

"Costly medicines were used even when its substitute was available, violating the IMA's regulation". Apart from this, the hospital has carried out platelets transfusion for 25 times and bill has been overcharged in this practice. He said that Civil Surgeon, Gurugram has also issued a notice to Fortis Hospital in this direction, which has a provision of punishment.

It was also found by the committee that the hospital did not provide 20 per cent RBD to the patient's family, violating a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA).

Vij added that Adya's parents have also alleged that their signatures on one of the two consent forms were forged by the hospital authorities.

The parents approached media after their child died and they were given a bill of around Rs 16 lakh.

DENGUE DEATH: Haryana govt probe finds Fortis Hospital guilty