Six days after the relatives of a 28-year-old woman who died at Nair Hospital alleged that doctors were negligent, hospital authorities admitted that there was “ some lapse” on part of the medical staff on duty.
Two nurses and two doctors have been issued a warning memo.
Bhargavi Jadhav had been admitted to Nair hospital on July 14 for minor burns after she dropped hot water on her feet.
Her family said she developed breathlessness and other complications at 1 am on July 17, after she was administered a laxative for a digestion problem, but no doctor came to see her until 5.15am. She died two hours later.
"We have completed an internal inquiry. It's true that no doctor attended to the patient between 2 am and 5.15 am on July 17. Protocol dictates that the nurse on duty calls the doctor by sending a written request via a ward boy. But the staff didn't adhere to this," said Dr Mahesh Shah, deputy dean.
The hospital is awaiting the post-mortem report from JJ hospital. "We have assured the family that if the post-mortem report states the cause of death to be due to a lapse in medical service, the guilty will be punished suitably," said Dr Shah.
Jadhav's family met hospital dean Dr Ravi Rananware on Friday. "We hope the hospital takes appropriate action against the staff," said Santosh, Bhargavi's brother-in-law.