Irate family members and friends of a 33-year-old patient, who died at VN Desai Hospital in Santacruz, allegedly ransacked the hospital and assaulted a ward boy on Monday.
The relatives claimed that Ramdas Patil, an autorickshaw driver from Jawahar Nagar in Khar, died on Monday morning due to delay in receiving treatment. They claimed that the on-duty casualty medical officer arrived almost 30 minutes late to treat Patil and wanted to discharge him.
Patil was also a member of social activist Medha Patkar's Ghar Bachao, Ghar Banao Andolan.
Patkar, who was present at the hospital, said that Patil was brought to the hospital at 5.15am after he complained of severe chest and stomach pain. “The on-duty medical officer arrived after half an hour to attend to Patil,” claimed Patkar.
She also alleged that the on-duty medical officer changed the time of Patil’s admission on the medical case paper to 6.40am to show that his death at 6.50am could not be prevented because he arrived late to the hospital and thus could not be saved. “Patil was also advised to go home after he was injected a couple of drugs,” she added.
By 8am, a mob gathered outside the hospital and allegedly broke a few cupboards and manhandled a ward boy.
Though the hospital has closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera surveillance, the incident took place where no CCTV cameras are installed.
The municipal corporation has ordered an inquiry. “Dr AZ Pazare, head of the medicine department of KEM, has begun an inquiry and will submit the report by Tuesday afternoon," Dr Sanjay Oak, dean of KEM Hospital.
“We can comment on negligence only after the report arrives,” he added. The body has been sent to JJ hospital for post-mortem.
“We have registered a case of assault and voluntarily causing hurt to deter a public servant from his duty against unidentified persons for assaulting the ward boy. We are investigating the allegations made by the family of the deceased. No arrests have been made,” said A Kharade, senior inspector of the Vakola police station.
CCTVs of no help?
Though VN Desai Hospital has 12 closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras for surveillance, the place where the mob allegedly broke cupboards and assaulted a ward boy does not any CCTV camera.
An inspector from the Vakola police station said on condition of anonymity that the CCTV cameras installed there were of no help even when two-month-old Ayush Mishra was stolen from the hospital last October.