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Govt show-causes pvt hospitals for refusing treatment

kolkata Updated: Feb 24, 2015 11:30 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Kolkata

The state health department issued show-cause notices to four premier private hospitals in Kolkata on Monday for not providing treatment to swine flu patients, even as the viral disease claimed its fifth victim in the city. The number of patients suffering from the disease in the state is 69.

Minister of state for health Chandrima Bhattacharya declared the fifth death in the assembly. A private hospital in Alipore reported the death to the health department on Monday though the 78-year-old victim, Arun Dutta Gupta from Asansol, had died on Saturday. Two more people tested H1N1 positive at the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) laboratory in Beliaghata during the day. Gupta’s relatives alleged that he died because of negligence in treatment. The hospital management had asked his relatives to take him to the Beliaghata ID Hospital soon after his throat swab sample tested positive for swine flu at the NICD laboratory. But he died in the ambulance.

HT had reported on February 18 that private hospitals in Kolkata were flatly refusing to admit swine flu patients at a time the state is battling an outbreak of the disease in Kolkata and the districts.

“We’ve issued show-cause notices to four private hospitals in Kolkata and Barrackpore. There are allegations that they denied treatment to four swine flu patients. All the four hospitals sent the patients to ID Hospital refusing to treat them after their throat swab samples tested H1N1 positive at the NICD laboratory,” Moloy De, state health secretary, said, adding, “The patients were not in a condition where they could be discharged. They can never do such a thing. It is also against the Clinical Establishment Act.”

Gupta’s relatives alleged that he died because of negligence in treatment. The hospital management had asked his relatives to take him to the Beliaghata ID Hospital soon after his throat swab sample tested positive for swine flu at the NICD laboratory. But he died in the ambulance.

HT had reported on February 18 that private hospitals in Kolkata were flatly refusing to admit swine flu patients at a time the state is battling an outbreak of the disease in Kolkata and the districts.

“We’ve issued show-cause notices to four private hospitals in Kolkata and Barrackpore. There are allegations that they denied treatment to four swine flu patients. All the four hospitals sent the patients to ID Hospital refusing to treat them after their throat swab samples tested H1N1 positive at the NICD laboratory,” Moloy De, state health secretary, said, adding, “The patients were not in a condition where they could be discharged. They can never do such a thing. It is also against the Clinical Establishment Act.”