DC to submit detailed inquiry reports to health minister today

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Dec 02, 2014 14:20 IST

The five teams, which were constituted to inquire into the reports of the deaths of two newborns and three stillbirths at the Mother Child Hospital, submitted their reports to Ludhiana deputy commissioner (DC) Rajat Agarwal on Monday.

Agarwal said: “I will submit the detail inquiry report to Punjab health minister Surjit Kumar Jyani on Tuesday.”

The five teams also held meetings on Monday to finally discuss the cases and reports before submitting it to the DC.

According to sources, gynaecologist Dr Alka Mittal, who was suspended after the incident, and a few more doctors may also land in net after the inquiry and action may be taken against them.

Jyani ordered the inquiry on November 24 and asked the deputy commissioner to submit a detailed report in seven days.

Dr Mittal, who was on duty at the time of the incident, was suspended and Dr RK Karkara, senior medical officer at the hospital, was also transferred by the health minister after a report of two-member committee, including health secretary Vikas Garg, and director, family welfare, Dr Jatinder Kaur, was submitted to him.

Inquiry was mainly focused on gaps within the system such as absence of doctors, communication between the doctor, nurses and others, handling of cases by nurses or other employees, tracking of case by ASHA workers, regular check-ups by pregnant women, besides other details.

Each team interacted with the person involved in the cases individually several times and also asked counter questions to get a clear idea of the case.

Sources said doctor on duty was found absent on that day and it was found that nurses on duty called her several times and informed about the complications but instead of coming to the hospital she just guided nurses on the phone.

Nurses even said to have quoted that doctors guide them regularly on phone and did not come to the hospital.

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