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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Jalandhar, August 31, 2013
The couple who have lost their unborn child due to negligence of medical staff at primary health centre at Jamsher and civil hospital at Jalandhar has been feeling as cheated because no action was taken against the defaulters neither by health department not by police.
The services of suspended nurse, who was a fresher and was made a scapegoat to shield her seniors for any eyewash, had been restored by the health department within a month, the family alleged.

Even police had failed to take any action on their complaint. The family had moved copies of their complaint to chief minister Punjab, senior health department officials and union minister of state (Health) Santosh Chaudhary to seek their intervention for the sake of justice.

Gurminder Kaur, a Pholriwal resident gave birth to a dead child due to negligence of civil hospital staff on July 3 morning at a Jalandhar cantt based private hospital because the staff at civil hospital kept her waiting for a long time as unattended.

The family took Gurminder, in labour pains, to the primary health centre at Jamsher on July 2 at 10pm and staff on duty referred them to civil hospital Jalandhar by calling a 108-ambulance.  Nobody at civil hospital Jalandhar attended them after admitting and when they demanded medical assistance, the staff on duty allegeldly scolded them by saying that they know better what to do.

After seeing no attention, at around 3am they took Gurminder to a private hospital based at Jalandhar cantt where doctors declared that the child had died in the womb 2-3 hours back.

“Since then, we have been moving from pillar to post to get justice. The health department conducted an enquiry, suspended a freshly appointed staff nurse while saving all others who were at fault. She was suspended and her headquarter was shifted to Phagwara. Now it is learnt that her services have been restored and she was asked to join at Nakodar. What type of justice is it? We have lost our child due to medical negligence and all the responsible persons are working again on public dealing,” rued Jaswant Kaur, the mother-in-law.

“Above all, we are demanding the copy of enquiry report from the office of civil surgeon but they are not giving us the same citing its non-availability,” she added.

Director Health Services Dr Ashok Nayyar, when contacted said, “We agree to the negligence of staff but it was a system failure and was not intentional at all. Whatever was possible as per provisions of law we have taken the steps. We are determined to assure that such things should not happen in future by improving the staffing pattern in emergency wards.”

“The family of victim can see the enquiry report under right to information act if it is not provided by the hospital staff,” he added.

Meanwhile Station House Officer of Jamsher police station Onkar Singh Brar, who had enquired the complaint, while talking to HT said, “In the enquiry done by us, we have found both the staff nurses Jyoti and Renu Bala at guilt. For initiating legal action against them, a file was submitted to the office of Police Commissioner to seek approval from health department on August 7. We are waiting for further instructions.”