Row over medical negligence at SSKM

07 September, 2016

KOLKATA: A patient's death at SSKM Hospital led the family to lodge a complaint with the hospital authorities on Tuesday, with allegations of medical negligence. The hospital administration has constituted a committee to probe the allegations. 

The patient, Akash Nayak, was brought to the emergency wing around midnight on Monday with intestinal obstruction. He was treated and discharged soon. But minutes after he was taken home, his condition deteriorated, alleged the relatives. Within two hours he was taken back to the hospital, but the doctors declared him dead on arrival.

Relatives and locals who accompanied the patient claimed he was not properly attended to by the doctors and started protesting. The police interfered and brought the situation under control, but the patient's relatives went back on Tuesday to lodge a complaint. 



"How can a patient whom the doctors announced fine after treatment die within two hours? Did they treat him at all? If this is not medical negligence what is it?" said a relative of the deceased. 


Since the hospital has seen a series of assaults on junior doctors on emergency duty in the recent past, the police team posted there has been reinforced. Thus, vandalism could be averted on Monday night.


"A probe will be conducted based on the comlpaint," said Karabi Boral, medical superintendent and vice principal of SSKM Hospital.