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Charges against hospital where Basu’s admitted

Subhas Chakraborty, CPI-M minister, could have lived at least 10 years more, if he hadn’t been admitted to the Advanced Medicare & Research Institute (AMRI), alleged his wife Ramola on Friday.

kolkata Updated: Jan 10, 2010 00:53 IST
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Subhas Chakraborty, CPI-M minister, could have lived at least 10 years more, if he hadn’t been admitted to the Advanced Medicare & Research Institute (AMRI), alleged his wife Ramola on Friday. Veteran communist leader Jyoti Basu, 96, is being treated at the same hospital since January 1.

Chakraborty was a minister for 27 years, from 1982 to 2009 till his death at the age of 67.

He was in-charge of transport and sports department when he died on August 3, 2009. He was admitted to the AMRI on July 27.

On Friday, standing outside the hospital, Ramola levelled charges of negligence on the doctors and the hospital. Her message was clear: Basu was not in safe hands.

Ramola alleged even a CT scan hadn’t been done on her husband till July 31, the fourth day of his hospitalisation.

“If Ramola Chakraborty lodges a complaint, we will get an inquiry...,” said Debasish Sharma, superintendent of AMRI.

“The CT scan wouldn’t have been done at all if a general medicine specialist, Sukumar Mukherjee, was not brought into the picture. I kept quiet all these days, because, if I had complained on the day Subhas died, the hospital could have been ransacked by his followers,” Chakravarty alleged.

“A lot could have been done, but nothing was done,” said Chakraborty, herself a CPI-M leader. She and her husband were very close to Basu.

“Dr Shyam Agarwal, an expert from New Delhi’s Sir Gangaram Hospital, had described the hospital’s ICU as an Intensive Careless Unit,” said Ramola.

She alleged the hospital had scant regard for procedures. “Doctors and nurses have a free run inside the ICCU,” she said.

No CPI-M leader was willing to comment on her allegations.

Basu contracted the multi-drug resistant bacterium, acinetobacter, from the hospital itself, HT reported on Friday. Susrut Banerjee, critical care specialist on Basu’s medical board confirmed the report.