Youth dies at Rajindra Hospital, family alleges staff negligence

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: Oct 19, 2016 10:23 IST
Rajindra Hospital in Patiala. (HT File Photo)

In another case of negligence at Rajindra Hospital here, a 24-year-old man died early morning on Tuesday, allegedly due to carelessness on the part of hospital’s staff, who failed to provide emergency facility to the patient at ward number 15.

The deceased has been identified as Gursewak Singh, a resident of Kotla Jattan village in Fatehgarh Sahib district.

According to the family members of the deceased, they brought Gursewak here on Sunday after fever. He was admitted to the hospital and was allotted a bed in ward number 15.

“Surely it is a matter of negligence by the hospital staff as there was no senior doctor available on night duty. The only senior nurse avaialble was sleeping, leaving the whole ward to a lone trainee nurse,” said Jagtar Singh, brother of the deceased.

“He was recovering as he ate a meal on Monday night and at about 4 in the morning he complained uneasiness. When I went to the trainee nurse on duty, she checked the blood pressure, which was normal. She asked me to awake the senior nurse and the nurse directed her to give my brother an injection and repeat the same injection after an hour. Right after half an hour of injection, we found my brother unconscious and when the nurse checked her again, she declared him dead,” added Singh.

“The staff injected him for treatment as he was suffering with fever. We have formed a six members committee to look into the case in which the youth died,” said, BL Bhardwaj, Principal Government medical college.

After the incident, the family members have lodged a police complaint at Modal Town police post. “We have sent the body to the mortuary for the postmortem to confirm the cause of death. We have registered the complaint and inquiries are on in the case to reveal out the truth,” said Jasmail Singh, assistant sub inspector, investigation officer.

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