An accident victim lay unattended for four fours after being brought to the Sion Hospital with serious injuries. He was provided medical aid only after the police was called in and a complaint was lodged against the hospital for negligence, which could have cost 34-year-old Deepak Sawant his life.
According to the first information report (FIR) lodged with the Sion police, the incident took place on Saturday and Sawant, was brought to Sion Hospital after he hurt his leg in a railway accident. The hospital authorities refused to provide him emergency medical aid. “He was bleeding profusely, yet no one responded to him,” said Samir Zaveri, an activist who filed an FIR on Sawant’s behalf.
“The Government Railway Police took Sawant to the Emergency Medical Service Department of Sion Hospital at 8pm. I called the police control room at 11.30pm. He had been lying there for over three hours and but was not even given first-aid,” said Zaveri.
The FIR states that the police mobile unit arrived at midnight and only after the police interved that Sawant received medical aid. The police registered an FIR against the emergency medical service department of Sion Hospital under Sections 336 (act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 269 (negligent act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life) of the Indian Penal Code.
The hospital authorities said they were looking into the matter. “We found that Sawant was conscious and stable when he was brought to the hospital. However, we have set up an inquiry,” said Dr Sandhya Kamat, dean, Sion Hospital.