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HindustanTimes Tue,30 Sep 2014

Accident victim’s family refuses to cremate body till case registered

Raghbir Singh Brar, Hindustan Times  Faridkot, July 14, 2014
First Published: 02:28 IST(14/7/2014) | Last Updated: 02:32 IST(14/7/2014)

The family of 38-year-old accident victim Jaspal Singh, demanding the registration of a case against the ‘negligent’ staff of the emergency ward of Guru Gobind Singh medical college and hospital here, refused to cremate his body even on the fourth day of his death on Sunday. 

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The family and relatives of Jaspal Singh, a labourer, have alleged that the delay in his treatment in the hospital led to his death on Thursday after he was rushed to the hospital after he met with an accident.

“Jaspal was injured in an accident early Thursday morning near Ratoul village, about 34 km from here, on the Amritsar road while he was coming to Faridkot. He was first rushed to the civil hospital at Zira from where he was rushed to Guru Gobind Singh medical college here due to serious head injuries,” said Rooppal Singh, a cousin of the deceased. “He was admitted to the emergency ward of the medical college at 6:30 am but the doctor, supposed to treat him, reached the ward after his death at 9 am,” he alleged.

“The staff, who attended him, did not even provide a ventilator to him saying that it could be provided only after the recommendation of a senior doctor, though the patient needed a ventilator immediately,” said Mukhtiar Singh, his father.

“The staff on duty told us that they had made a phone call to the senior doctor, but when he did not reach, we ourselves reached his residence to request him to see our patient, but he did not listen to our entreaties,” alleged Rooppal. The family and relatives, besides representatives of local social organisations, have been demanding the registration of a case against the medical staff for delaying treatment of the accident victim, thah led to his death.

But, JP Singh, superintendent of the hospital, termed the charges baseless. “The patient was properly treated; even his CT scan was done. Our emergency medical officer and doctors from the surgery department were present to handle the case. The staff in the emergency ward is supposed to make a call to the senior doctor, if required, which was not made. However, we haveset up an inquiry panel."

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