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Unborn child death: Couple feel cheated for inaction against guilty

punjab Updated: Sep 01, 2013 18:21 IST
Sanjeev Bhalla

The couple, who had lost their unborn child due to medical negligence of staff at primary health centre at Jamsher and Civil Hospital in Jalandhar, has been feeling cheated because no action has been taken so far against the accused either by the health department or police.

The services of the suspended nurse, who was a fresher and was made a scapegoat to shield her seniors, had been restored by the health department within a month, the family alleged.

After police failed to take action on the complaint, the family had moved copies of their complaint to Punjab chief minister, senior health department officials and union minister of state (health), Santosh Chaudhary seeking their intervention.

Gurminder Kaur of Pholriwal gave birth to a dead child due to alleged negligence of Civil Hospital staff on July 3 morning at a Jalandhar cantt private hospital because the staff at Civil Hospital kept her unattended for hours.

The family took Gurminder, in labour pain, to the primary health centre at Jamsher on July 2 at 10 pm and the staff referred them to Civil Hospital. When Gurminder's family demanded assistance for her, the Civil Hospital staff had allegedly scolded them.

At around 3 am when the family took Gurminder to a private hospital in Jalandhar cantt where the doctors said the child had died in the womb a few hours ago.

"We have been moving from pillar to post to get justice since then. The health department conducted an enquiry, suspended a nurse while saving others who were guilty. But the nurse has been restored again. We have lost our child but those responsible are still working freely," rued Jaswant Kaur, the mother-in-law.

"We demand the copy of the enquiry report from the civil surgeon's office but they are not giving it us citing non-availability," she added.

Director, health services, Dr Ashok Nayyar, said, "We admit the negligence of the staff but it was not intentional. We have taken steps as per law. We assure that such things will not happen again and service in emergency wards will be improved."

"The victim's family can see the enquiry report under right to information act if it is not provided by the hospital staff," he added.

SHO, Jamsher police station, Onkar Singh Brar, said, "We have found both the staff nurses Jyoti and Renu Bala were guilty. A file was submitted to police commissioner to seek approval from health department on August 7."