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City hospital ransacked by kin of deceased patient

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Jalandhar, April 03, 2013
First Published: 19:23 IST(3/4/2013) | Last Updated: 19:24 IST(3/4/2013)

BBC Heart Care Pruthi Hospital was ransacked by the relatives of a patient on Wednesday. A heart patient Mukesh Kumar (48) was admitted to the hospital on Friday and doctors suggested that he needed a bypass heart surgery said brother of the deceased Ashwani Kumar.

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He alleged that Mukesh was operated upon last night and two stents were inserted. However, due to medical negligence, he expired in the afternoon, he alleged.

Other members of the family also alleged that doctors changed their line of treatment, from no insertion of stents to opting for only stents to completely cure Mukesh. Window panes were demolished and the hospital vandalized as the kin went out of control after news of Mukesh's death.

Additional deputy commissioner of police (ADCP) Diljinder Singh Dhillon reached the spot and brought the situation under control.

Meanwhile, the hospital has refuted all allegations and claimed that the hospital staff had kept the patient's kin informed on the conditions, risks and the eventualities concerned with the treatment. All procedures were performed with due consent and were signed by the patient's attendants.

When contacted, ADCP Dhillon said that the family's allegations were being looked into and if needed, a medical board would be constituted to find out if any medical negligence had been committed, before taking any legal action.

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