Almost two years after an infant was stolen from the Lokmanya Tilak Hospital, popularly known as Sion Hospital, the civic body and the state government are still in the process of implementing the guidelines issued by the Bombay High Court.
The court has demanded a compliance report in two weeks.
“After our orders [of framing guidelines], one more child has gone missing,” said justice BH Marlapalle.
The court was hearing a habeas corpus (produce person in court) petition on Monday, filed by Mohan and Mohini Nerurkar, whose three-day-old baby was stolen from Sion Hospital on January 1, 2009.
Last month, a baby was stolen from VN Desai Hospital in Santacruz (East) when the mother had come to the hospital along with her mother-in-law to have her twins immunised against polio.
Anil Sakhare, BMC counsel, argued that in the recent case the grandmother had given the baby to an unknown woman. “They [mother and child] had come to the OPD [out patient department]. But this time we have CCTV footage,” said Sakhare. “Whether they were OPD patients or in-house patients, how does it make a difference?” asked Marlapalle.
On May 6, 2009, the high court had framed several guidelines, which were to be implemented in municipal-run, semi-government, and government hospitals across the state.
Sakhare informed the court that they had implemented the guidelines in majority of civic-run hospitals like Sion Hospital, BYL Nair Hospital (Mumbai Central), KEM Hospital (Parel), Rajawadi Hospital (Ghatkopar), Bhagwati Hospital (Borivli) and KB Bhabha Hospitals (Bandra and Kurla).
However, the state government is yet to file compliance report on the implementation.
Public prosecutor Pandurang Pol informed the court that they were waiting for compliance reports from 14 medical education institutes-cum-hospitals in addition to the district hospitals.
Division bench of justices Marlapalle and UD Salvi has asked the director of public health department and director of medical education to file the reports in two weeks about the implementation of guidelines in civic hospitals and medical colleges attached with hospitals respectively.