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Submit Affidavit entailing patient’s care who died during Standoff: HC directs Cardiology HoD at NEIGRIHMS


Submit Affidavit entailing patient’s care who died during Standoff: HC directs Cardiology HoD at NEIGRIHMS

The NEIGRIHMS director had alleged that the Cardiology department head has not been co-operating with the administration with regard to making treatment of poor cardiology patients affordable as per orders of the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Shillong: Following the death of a cardiac patient due to the ongoing crisis in the super speciality hospital’s Cardiology department, the Meghalaya High Court has recently directed the Head of Cardiology Department at North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) to submit an affidavit entailing patient’s care at the medical facility.

The HoD has been ordered to file an affidavit, in a chronological manner, stating detailing patient care from May 5, when she was admitted in the Cardiology Department right up to her death with supporting proof.

On the other hand, the powerful Khasi Student’s Union (KSU) on Monday stormed and put the NEIGRIHMS Director DM Thappa’s office under lock and key in protest against the death of two patients in the cardiology department due to unavailability of devices relating to heart patients.

Medical Dialogues had recently reported about the entire matter of NEIGRIHMS Administration Vs HoD Cardiology. On May 1, the services of the Head of Department, Cardiology of the medical institute was been shut down due to the latter’s alleged non-cooperation with the administration in regard to make treatment of poor cardiology patients affordable.

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The NEIGRIHMS director had alleged that the Cardiology department head has not been co-operating with the administration with regard to making treatment of poor cardiology patients affordable as per orders of the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

He said two complaints were received from the PMO regarding the high price of heart stents availed from local vendors instead of the AMRIT pharmacy at the institute.

Last week, authorities at the institute had also seized various cardiology stents, worth over Rs 20 lakh, from a vendor in the premises of the hospital. The stents were allegedly sold at a higher rate than the capped rate fixed by the ministry at Rs 30,000.

The Cardiology department head, however, denied the allegations and claimed that the Amrit pharmacy had indicated at the non-availability of stents.

“I am open to inquiry both internal and external. We have not violated any norms,” Dr Mishra had said.

Since last week, no surgeries have been conducted by the Cardiology department.

Read Also: Govt intervenes to sort NEIGRIHMS Cardiology faculty, Administration STANDOFF

Thereafter, when the matter reached HC, the bench passed the order stating, “We are persuaded to direct both the director as well as the head of the Cardiology department to work out a working formula so that patient care may not suffer.”

The “trust deficit” has resulted in stalling of important surgeries for varied reasons, the order added.

Read Also: NEIGRIHMS Administration Vs HoD Cardiology: HC intervenes, directs to Start scheduled Cardiac surgeries

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Source: with inputs
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