A doctor of a private nursing home here and the staff of the mortuary at another hospital have been blamed in an inquiry report for negligence leading to the death of an infant.
"We have found gross negligence of Dr Javed Aalam of SB Nursing Home, who declared dead the newborn even though he was alive and breathing at birth," said Banga sub-divisional magistrate Vijay Syal, who headed the inquiry committee that submitted the report to deputy commissioner Tanu Kashyap on Friday.
Apart from him, others on the inquiry panel were civil surgeon Ashwani Kumar Sondhi and senior medical officer Renu Sood.
"The committee has also found that staff at the mortuary of Guru Nanak Mission Hospital in Dhahan Kalera, were irresponsible and negligent as they kept the infant in the freezing facility overnight without noticing that he was alive," said Syal.
"We have submitted the report to the deputy commissioner," he said. "It is now up to her to decide further action into this incident." Syal added that in the report he had also proposed a separate inquiry to identify the staff present in the mortuary that night.
Kashyap said she was yet to read the report as she was attending a meeting in Chandigarh.
On Thursday, Dr Vaneet Sharma of Guru Nanak Mission Hospital had claimed that the infant was alive and breathing but that his condition was serious. He said that if someone had earlier realised that he was breathing, his life could have been saved.
On Wednesday, Kashyap had ordered Syal to conduct an inquiry into the incident in which the baby's family from Balakipur village had alleged that he died due to the negligence of the doctor and staff at SB Nursing Home, who presumed him dead on Monday night, but was found alive the next morning. He later died at Guru Nanak hospital on Tuesday afternoon.
Refuting the allegations, Dr Aalm said he had asked the family to take the mother Jaspreet to Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh as her condition was serious. He added that she was not breathing properly at that time.