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State flip-flops, says no action against Pune hospitals

A day after the family of the Pune teenager who died of swine flu filed a complaint against Jehangir hospital alleging negligence, the state government said no action would be taken against the Pune hospital.

india Updated: Aug 08, 2009 01:25 IST
Yogesh Joshi

A day after the family of the Pune teenager who died of swine flu filed a complaint against Jehangir hospital alleging negligence, the state government said no action would be taken against the Pune hospital.

Till Thursday, the state wanted to initiate action against the hospital for “negligence” in treating and diagnosing 14-year-old Rida Shaikh resulting in her death.

“If it is found in the expert committee report probing the roles of Jehangir and Ruby hospitals that their intentions were honest and the decision to treat Rida was taken in the humanitarian view then there will be no action against these private hospitals,” said state minister for health Rajendra Shingne.

The sudden change in government’s stand has come as a surprise at a time when Union Health Minister Gulam Nabi Azad said in Parliament that “there has been negligence while treating Rida”.

Shaikh became India’s first swine flu casualty on Monday after doctors at Jehangir first treated her for pneumonia. When her condition worsened, they sent her throat swab samples for testing to Ruby Hall Clinic, claimed state health authorities.

Chief Minister Ashok Chavan too had spoken about taking action against Jehangir for its “negligence” while state health authorities had written a letter to the Pune police requesting them to initiating action against the two hospital authorities.

Hindustan Times has a copy of the letter, which says: “It doesn’t seem that Jehangir and Ruby hospitals have taken the matter seriously after the state health directorate had sought clarifications from them. It also looks case of negligence while treating Rida.”