Infant’s death at Pune’s KEM hospital: Police initiate probe into medical negligence allegations
According to police officials at Samarth police station, the parents of the four-month-old have submitted an application on Thursday night alleging medical negligence by KEM hospital and research centre due to unavailability of fees.pune Updated: May 28, 2018 17:31 IST
Following the death of a four-month-old girl on Thursday morning at King Edward Memorial (KEM) hospital and the consequent allegations by the child’s parents that the death was caused due to the delay in treatment by doctors, police officials have now started the process of recording statements from the parents. The police squad’s findings will be submitted to a team of doctors at Sassoon general hospital for further investigation.
According to police officials at Samarth police station, the parents of the four-month-old have submitted an application on Thursday night alleging medical negligence by KEM hospital and research centre due to unavailability of fees.
Speaking about the complaint, Sanjay Chavhan, assistant police commissioner, said, "We will also be checking if a post-mortem was conducted and will seek reports of the same. All the findings will be then submitted to a doctors’ committee at Sassoon general hospital for further investigation.”
The complaint copy states that even as the family was a yellow ration card holder (below poverty line), KEM hospital demanded a fee of Rs 3 lakh. The family took sometime to gather the necessary funds. The hospital failed to procure a medical device required for surgery on time and the delay caused in treatment was responsible for the child’s death, the compliant alleged.
When contacted, authorities at Sassoon general hospital said that no complaint has been received by the hospital for further investigation.
Dr Ajay Taware, medical superintendent of Sassoon general hospital, said, "Whenever there is a complaint of medical negligence, it is referred to Sassoon general hospital. So far, we have not received any complaint from the police.”
He added that incase no postmortem was conducted, other evidences can also be considered and an inquiry can be initiated.