MY Hospital superintendent Dr Ram Ghulam Razdan was removed from his post in Indore on Wednesday evening, a month after two toddlers died due to the accidental administration of a lethal dose of nitrous oxide.
Sources said the removal order, issued by health minister Narottam Mishra, came after media reports squarely accused hospital authorities of criminal negligence.
A report published by Hindustan Times on Wednesday cited the absence of vital equipment in the operation theatre as a possible reason for the toddler deaths.
An article published earlier this month revealed that the hospital’s newly built operation theatre, where the two toddlers died, had not received a mandatory clearance order.
“The high court had asked the state government to submit its report by Friday. As the hospital wanted to look like it was taking some action, it removed Dr Razdan,” he said.
It is suspected that former hospital superintendent Dr AD Bhatnagar may take up the position again.
Besides this, the Madhya Pradesh high court – which is hearing a PIL on the issue – also rapped the state government on Wednesday for failing to submit its report on the matter.
A senior official in the health department said Dr Razdan was removed due to the pressure exerted by the media and the judiciary on the hospital.