Haldwani: Two days after a destitute man was forcibly discharged from Dr Sushila Tiwari Medical College for being unable to foot bills worth Rs 1,500, trouble broke out at the state-run facility again on Tuesday with parents and relatives of a newborn alleging the baby died due to medical negligence. Family members nearly came to blows with hospital authorities over the matter.
A girl child was born to Indira Nagar resident Md Istiaq, 29, at home on Friday. On Monday, family members noticed the infant being at unease. They rushed her to the hospital at 10:30pm where she was recovered and was kept under observation.
However, family members said, on Tuesday morning the child’s condition deteriorated once more. “We saw that she was getting very edgy and uneasy around 10:30am and immediately informed the nurse on duty. She tried calling a doctor for 30 minutes but nobody turned up. My niece died in the meanwhile,” said Md Suleman, Istiaq’s elder brother.
“No doctor attended to my baby despite repeated pleas. Nurses and other staff on duty were extremely rude as well. Is this the way to behave with patients?” questioned the heart-broken father.
Istiaq’s relatives and friends gathered at the hospital soon after the incident, shouting slogans and demanded the arrest of the hospital staff for medical negligence. Police had to be called in to control the situation.
Local residents are already upset with a 2012 order from the medical superintendent demanding patients pay ward charges in advance if they seek admission. The hospital administration says the reason behind this order was to check financial losses suffered because of patient escaping without paying bills.
Condemning the incident, Md Gufran, vice-president of Kumaon Parshad Sangh said, “This is not acceptable. Government hospitals are meant for the welfare of people, not for their harassment.”
Dr Sushila Tiwari Medical College is one of the most crowded medical facilities catering to the entire Kumaon region. But it lacks adequate facilities and infrastructure to meet the high demands.