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Another medical negligence complaint against Apollo Gleneagles

Another medical negligence complaint against Apollo Gleneagles

Kolkata: With the family of a baby, who died, alleging medical negligence by Apollo Gleneagles West Bengal health department has sought the treatment report from it.

“We have asked for a preliminary report regarding the treatment of the baby from the hospital authorities. They have been asked to submit the report by tomorrow,” Director of Health Services Biswaranjan Satpathy told PTI.

Baby Kuheli Chakraborty, who was transferred to Apollo Gleneagles Hospital on Saturday last, died this morning and her family members alleged that medical negligence on the part of the hospital was responsible for it.

“Our baby was brought here for colonoscopy … She was not ill. But the doctors have murdered her. We want justice,” Shalu Chakraborty, mother of the deceased baby, said.

The baby’s family lodged a complaint at the Phoolbagan police station against three doctors and the hospital authorities alleging medical negligence, a senior officer of Kolkata Police said.

“As per the complaint of the family members a case has been initiated under IPC Section 304A (causing death by negligence),” he said.

The newly set-up West Bengal Clinical Establishment Regulatory Commission (WBCERC) will take up the matter if the baby’s family lodge a complaint with it, Satpaty said.

“If the family members of the baby lodge a complaint to the Commission it will take up the matter,” he said.

Describing the death of the baby as “extremely unfortunate”, Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals today said that a committee will probe into the incident.

“We offer deepest condolences to the family of the child and regret that despite our best efforts the child could not be saved. As per our administrative protocol, a 3 member medical committee and submit its report,” CEO Dr Rana Dasgupta said.

The hospital had been under the scanner for medical negligence and malpractices following the death of a patient in February and Apollo Group’s Managing Director Preetha Reddy, who met Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee after the incident, had admitted to lapses in the hospital’s healthcare delivery in the past few months.

Source: PTI
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  1. I am neither shocked or surprised at the unfortunate death of a child at the Apollo group of hospitals in Kolkatta.I myself worked as senior Consultant Neurosurgeon at one of the Apollo group of hospitals for ten years and had witnessed a large number of anaesthesia related deaths not acceptable in modern anaesthesia and had written a detailed letter to the COO but to of no avail and only when there were another series of deaths a committee was formed which gave a very scathing report with extremely damaging views and sweeping recommendations following which the doctors involved were systematically targeted and it was just a case of too little too late.
    Even when a NABH auditor visited the hospital to look into a written complaint about the same she was purposefully not shown the report for obvious reasons.Unless the Kolkatta police takes the investigation seriously and prosecutes the higher management of the Apollo group without yielding to either muscle or money power such deaths will continue.(The same fate has befallen the well reported Kidney racket,Indraprastha Apollo and the infamous rape incident In Apollo Ahemadabad.
    The same hospital is being investigated for billing fraud with regards a case by the same police station.
    I myself had noticed large scale billing fraud and duplicate billing in my ten years and had documented the same and had to pay the ultimate price of being thrown out of the organisation for raising these ethical issues.
    Any one who wishes to have the whole set of communications,irregular bills can write to me to email
    rameshrvn I shall forward all relevant documents.