Chief Medical Superintendant of GB Nagar Hospital transferred over pregnant patient death case
Noida: As an aftermath of the death case of a pregnant woman who was allegedly turned away by as many as eight hospitals of Noida Ghaziabad, the government has released the transfer order to the chief medical superintendent of Gautam Buddh Nagar district hospital.
She has been reassigned as the senior consultant of MMG hospital, according to the government order. This is the second transfer in the line after the incident and the transfer was initiated after lapses were found on her part that led to the death of a pregnant women without medical care.
Doctor Vir Bahadur Dhaka will replace Dr Vandana Sharma as the chief medical superintendent and he will be taking charge of the duty.
This came after an eight-month pregnant Neelam (30) had died in an ambulance in Greater Noida after a frantic 13-hour hospital hunt failed to find her a bed as over half-a-dozen facilities, including three government ones, denied her treatment on June 5. The incident had brought to the fore the issue of medical negligence and unavailability of care during the COVID-19 pandemic, even as politicians latched on to it to slam the BJP-led state government, reports PTI.
The National Human Rights Commission had issued a notice to the UP government over media reports of medical apathy to the pregnant woman. The district administration had ordered a probe into the case which had found lapses on part of all the hospitals concerned and recommended action against erring officials, including the chief medical superintendent of the district hospital.
The inquiry report had stated "... since the medical superintendent did not take proper action such incidents kept repeating and more so during the COVID-19 pandemic. Keeping in mind the seriousness of the case in question and negligence shown, the action is recommended against a nurse and a ward staffer of the district hospital while chief medical superintendent Dr. Vandana Sharma should be transferred and a more qualified officer should replace her", reports PTI.
When asked to comment on the transfer, Dr Deepak Ohri, CMO of Gautam Budh Nagar stated "She has been transferred by the state government on the recommendations of higher district officials as she was found guilty of dereliction. The CMO office has no role in her transfer", reports TH.