Man coughing up blood left unattended at civil hospital

  • Vandana Singh, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Jul 22, 2014 17:20 IST

In yet another incident reflecting the callousness of medical staff at the Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital, Shankar, a patient who was coughing up blood, was left sitting on the floor outside the senior medical officer’s (SMO) office for hours on Monday.

Shankar, a resident of Shakti Nagar, had earlier come to the hospital on Saturday, but was sent home by the medical staff saying he was fine. But on Sunday, he started coughing up blood again, following which his family took him to the hospital.

His wife, Vibha Devi, said, “A doctor came to check on him, but didn’t tell us anything, even as Shankar’s condition was worsening and he was coughing up blood repeatedly. A nurse said that another doctor would look after him and we should take him there, but we were not provided with any stretcher or wheelchair.” Later, Devi with the help of a relative managed to bring her husband near the SMO’s office. But there, Shankar fell on the ground and sat there for nearly an hour, while his wife ran from one place to another to seek help, but in vain.

Eventually, tuberculosis (TB) officer Dr Ashish Chawla spotted the patient and asked the medical staff to bring a stretcher to take him to emergency. However, even then, it took nearly 20 minutes for a wheelchair to arrive, Devi said. Dr Chawla said, “Patient is suffering from TB and might have discontinued his treatment, which could have worsened his condition. We found that there were wounds on his lungs, which caused him to cough up blood. But he is under treatment now and stable.”

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