Rejecting the inquiry conducted by Pradeep Kasni, director general, Medical Education and Research (MER) into the alleged medical negligence by doctors of Post Graduate Medical Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS), Rohtak into the treatment of former Haryana chief minister Hukam Singh, chief minister ML Khattar on Thursday ordered a fresh probe into the matter.
A high-level committee comprising additional chief secretary, Medical Education and Research, RP Chander and director, Kalpana Chawla Medical College, Karnal Dr Surender Kashyap was constituted by Khattar on Thursday to inquire into the matter afresh and submit a report within a week.
Hukam Singh had passed away at a private hospital in Gurgaon on February 26 after he was shifted from PGIMS, Rohtak. The former chief minister was having respiratory problems and was admitted at PGIMS Rohtak initially, He was shifted to Gurgaon after his condition deteriorated, where he died.
Following his demise, health minister, Anil Vij had ordered an inquiry by PGIMS director into the alleged negligence of PGIMS medicos in providing medical treatment to the former chief minister, including transporting him to Gurgaon without a doctor and paramedic in an ambulance which reportedly did not have an oxygen cylinder. The minister was however not satisfied with the inquiry conducted by PGIMS director and asked director general, MER, Pradeep Kasni to hold inquiry. Kasni in his inquiry report recommended suspension of PGIMS officiating director Dr Rohtas Yadav and Dr Dhruv Chaudhary. The health minister concurred with Kasni’s view and sent the file to the chief minister for action against two doctors.
However, chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Thursday discarded Kasni’s report and recommendation and ordered a fresh probe. Khattar ordered that all concerned, including the PGIMS medical superintendent be examined during the inquiry. The chief minister also said that everyone should be given reasonable opportunity to present their case.
Kasni’s flawed inquiry report
Sources said that Kasni did not include an evidence - oral or otherwise in his inquiry report and did not examine the role of PGIMS, medical superintendent in the incident. The medical superintendent is primarily responsible for ensuring protocol arrangements and treatment of ailing patients, including the VVIPs. “Also reasonable opportunity of being heard was no afforded to Dr Rohtas Yadav and Dr Dhruv Chaudhary during the inquiry conducted by DG, MER. It is baffling,’’ said a health official.