High drama was witnessed at Chaitanya Hospital, Sector 44, on Saturday morning after a Panchkula family alleged that the hospital administration had concealed the death of their new-born and kept him admitted at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) to inflate the bill.
Rajni, wife of Amit Kumar, had delivered a male child in the hospital on Thursday. However, he had a low heart beat and was shifted to the ICU and put on a ventilator on Thursday night.
However, matters came to a head on Saturday morning after the family noticed major discrepancies in the statement of the doctor and the nursing staff on the health of their new-born.
"The doctor claimed that he is critical, but stable," said Chaggan Lal, the maternal grandfather, adding that within minutes of this assurance, a nurse approached them with a discharge slip, informing them that the new-born was dead.
"The nurse was left speechless when we told her that the doctor had just informed us that the new-born was stable. She ran from the spot. Later, we got to know from the staff that the child had passed away at 12:36am on Saturday," Lal added.
Angry family members of the family then confronted the staff and the doctors on duty and a clash ensued. The kin also informed the police and acting on the complaint, personnel from the Sector-34 police station took away three doctors and two nurses for questioning.
"We are waiting for forensic and autopsy reports and only then it will be decided if a case is to be registered," said a police official.
In a press release, Chaitanya Hospital spokesperson SK Goel claimed that the family had been kept informed of the actual state of the new-born's health at all times and even on Saturday morning, the correct position was conveyed. He added that the baby was born premature, weighed just 1.5kg and had not cried at birth and could not have survived for long.