The district police have booked Dr Charanjit Singh of Sarvkalyan Eye and Charitable Hospital for alleged medical negligence in the botched eye surgery case.
Fifteen patients had to be admitted at Chandigarh’s Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) last week as they suffered eye infection after cataract removal surgery at the Ambala cantonment’s congested Mahesh Nagar locality on November 24.
A case under Sections 269 (negligent act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life) and 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life) of the Indian Penal Code was registered at Mahesh Nagar police station. Accused has not been arrested yet.
Ambala’s civil surgeon Dr VK Gupta is the complainant in the case.
According to the police sources, a large stock of post-surgery eye drops, past their expiry date, was found and the hospital management would be asked to explain its presence at the health facility.
Sources said that the complainant had alleged that no permission was granted to charitable hospital to hold an eye camp. Unhygienic conditions at the hospital were declared unfit for performing surgeries.
Sub- divisional magistrate Shakti Singh told Hindustan Times on Wednesday that an official team had thoroughly searched the private charitable hospital and several incriminating things were recovered from the spot.
“Following a report by the Ambala civil surgeon, the district police was approached on Tuesday night to register a criminal case against Dr Charanjit Singh,” he said.
While 14 patients were brought to PGIMER’s advanced eye care centre (AEC) on November 26 after they complained of irritation and blurred vision, one of them was admitted on November 27.
In a press briefing on Tuesday at Chandigarh, Dr Jagat Ram, who heads the AEC, had said that all 15 were suffering from severe post-operative bacterial eye infection.
“They were put on intraviteral and topical antibiotics. 11 patients were operated upon at PGI. One patient still has severe infection and the chances of his recovery are slim,” he had said on Tuesday.