Yet another death due to medical negligence alleged, MP demands enquiry

19 May, 2016

Yet another death is alleged due to medical negligence at GB Pant Hospital here.  Mrs. Devi Baidya, 38, W/o Mr. Pradip Baidya resident of Dollygunj was suffered   chest pain on 20th April, 2016.  She consulted the neighbourhood private hospital, Swasthya Medical Centre where she was prescribed medicines and advised to visit G.B. Pant hospital. On 22nd April Mrs. Baidya visited G.B. Pant hospital and consulted Dr. Shiv Shanker.  She again consulted the doctor on 26th April as her pain did not reduce.   Same night she developed more pain and rushed to G.B. Pant hospital the next day. Dr. examined her in the OPD and she got relief and returned to her home.

But on 2nd May around 11:30 p.m. she again had chest pain and husband took her to Chakraborty Multi Specialist Hospital & Heart

Care Centre, Dollygunj, where she was admitted for two days. She was then discharged after prescribing one week’s medicines. After one week, she visited Chakraborty Hospital, where doctor advised her to undergo angiography. But her poor husband could not afford the expensive angiography. 

On 12th May midnight, Mrs. Baidya developed pain again and her husband took her to G.B. Pant hospital where she was admitted in Female Ward No. 1. Due to non-availability of beds, she was given floor bed. According to her husband, the Nurse on duty, Mrs. Swapna asked him whether he had brought a glass tumbler for digene syrup. On being told that he had forgotten to carry a glass in a hurry, the Nurse chided him saying “Glass nahi laya to kya muh dekhne aaya”.  Between 1:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. she developed severe pain. Her husband informed the nurse on duty repeatedly. But the nurse neither attended the patient not did she bother to call any doctor.  Next morning at 8 a.m. when doctor took round of the ward, he found her in a critical condition and she was immediately shifted to ICU. At 10:50 a.m. doctor declared Mrs. Baidya dead. “The behavior of doctors, especially nurse changes according to the status of patients. Poor patients are dealt with very rudely,” lamented Baidya. 

Meanwhile, the Member of Parliament has also written a letter to the Lt. Governor and Chief Secretary to conduct an enquiry into Mrs. Baidya’s death. Also he has mentioned two other cases of medical negligence.  One is of Mrs. Manju Ojha R/o Kadamtala who was hospitalised in G.B.Pant Hospital on 28th May, 2016 due to heart problem but ENT specialist prescribed injection and thereafter she developed reaction on her face and hand. And another is of an year old baby Master Surajit Gain S/o Shahadev Gain R/o M P Office, Port Blair. He visited G.B.Pant Hospital on 14th May, 2016 due to fever. But due to carelessness and negligence the child now is suffering from reaction. 

When contacted the Medical Superintendent, Dr. M.K. Saha said, ‘We have not yet received official letter from the administration. The investigation can be done only based on that. The team of doctors for investigation has not been constituted yet. As soon as we receive letter officially, we will start investigation,” said the MS.