Family alleges medical negligence, hospital rubbishes claim

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Sep 03, 2014 21:36 IST

Ruckus prevailed at a private hospital in the city as family members of Ramesh Lal, a resident of New Swaraj Nagar, alleged medical negligence by hospital authorities. The family members and people attending to Lal claimed he was dead but the hospital had kept him on ventilator support as eyewash.

Satyarani, wife of Lal said, "My husband was referred to this hospital from ESI on Sunday. Just after admitting him, the doctors started his dialysis and informed us that he is severely anaemic and will need blood. The dialysis continued for two days, but on Tuesday night when my son went to attend to him in the ward, he found his father's clothes were soaked in blood."

She added, "We contacted the staff immediately and they said that there is nothing to worry about, but soon after this incident the behavior of the staffs seemed suspicious and they shifted our patient in the ICU and restricted all the attendants from seeing him, alleged an angered family member of the patient.
Satyarani said that due to medical negligence her husband has suffered severe blood loss and as a result of it his condition dwindled and he died on Tuesday. The hospital authorities have put him on ventilator support just to avert the consequences of his death.

However, Dr Raghuvendra Singh, Director India Kidney Hospital said, "We admitted the patient in our hospital despite being serious because he was referred from ESI Hospital. The patient has severe renal failure and the hospital has done the best to keep his condition stable. As his condition started deteriorating we have put him on ventilator support and the patient is still alive."

Dr Sushma Chawla, President Indian Medical Association Jalandhar refuted the claim of the patient party and after doing a checkup personally, confirmed that the patient is alive and is on ventilator support, but his condition is critical and nothing can be guaranteed at the moment.

On the other hand the family members of the patient are still pressing over the issue of grave medical negligence committed on behalf of the hospital staffs. They are alleging that ventilator support is eyewash and the hospital is trying to do a cover up by putting Lal on it as the chances of his survival is bleak and he is being kept alive just for the sake of saving the face of the hospital.

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