Panel submits report on lapses in treatment of Hukam Singh to CM Khattar

  • Neeraj Mohan, Hindustan Times, Rohtak
  • Updated: Mar 25, 2015 20:50 IST

The high-level committee constituted by chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar to probe into the alleged lapses in the treatment of late chief minister Master Hukam Singh at the PGIMS, Rohtak, has reportedly submitted its report to the chief minister's office.

Sources told Hindustan Times that the committee had submitted its report on Tuesday and the PGIMS officers, whose role was under the scanner, were anxious about the action to be taken against them.

The committee, comprising Haryana additional chief secretary (medical education and research) RP Chander and Karnal-based Kalpana Chawla Medical College director Surender Kashyap had met Dr VK Jain, vice-chancellor of the University of Health Sciences, and also questioned PGIMS director Rohtas Yadav, medical superintendent (MS) Ashok Chauhan and senior professor Dhruva Chaudhry. The latter is incharge of critical care, pulmonary medicine and IT.

Sources said director Yadav and MS Chauhan have told the committee that they were in a meeting with the V-C when the family members had decided to shift the former chief minister to Medanta hospital in Gurgaon. The V-C had also told the investigating officers that the two PGIMS officers were attending a meeting with him at that time.

However, a senior officer in the PGIMS, on the condition of anonymity, said, "There were some lapses on the part of the doctors as they took around one hour to decide whether the ambulance should be given or not. However, the ambulance reached within 10 minutes after the call".

"Also, the doctor examining the former chief minister did not refer him to Medanta hospital as he felt that his condition was stable", said the officer.

"Another lapse on the part of the doctors was that they did not send an attendant from the hospital with the ex-CM", he added.

According to the staff members, late Hukam Singh was a very humble person and used to come to PGIMS regularly for the routine checkups and most of the staff members were not aware that he was former chief minister.

Notably, after the death of the former CM, his family had alleged that they were not provided an ambulance in time to take him to Gurgaon. The state government had then asked the PGIMS director to probe the matter and the latter in his report said there were no lapses in his treatment.

The government then asked director general (medical education and research) Pradeep Kasni to probe the matter. On the basis of Kasni's report, Haryana health minister Anil Vij had reportedly recommended the suspension of PGIMS director Yadav and senior professor Chaudhry.

However, the government then constituted the committee, headed by Chander, to probe the matter.

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