DGHS writes to NABH against Alchemist Hospital in Panchkula

19 October, 2016

A month after a committee constituted by Director General Health Services (DGHS), Haryana, held a Panchkula-based private hospital guilty of negligence in providing adequate care to patients, the DGHS has now written to NABH for rapid action against the hospital.

In a letter dated October 10, written to Dr K K Kalra, Chief Executive Officer, NABH, the DGHS, Dr Kamla Singh, informed the organisation of the complaint filed by Panchkula-resident Neeraj Chaudhary against Alchemist Hospital situated in Sector 21.

When contacted, Dr Kalra stated that he is yet to receive the letter.

“The DGHS or the medical council is authorised to take action in such case and if they find medical negligence, they can inform NABH. But, we have our own standards for accreditation. In this case, we have not received any letter so far.”

Highlighting that clinical establishment is not enforced in the state at present, Dr Kamla Singh stated, “NABH is the only authority to take action against the accreditation of the hospital and intimate the same, so that further action should be taken with the government for de-empanelment of the hospital.”

The complaint was submitted by Neeraj Chaudhary on May 26 this year, alleging gross medical negligence by the hospital after his 76-year-old mother had acquired stage-four bed sores while in the hospital’s intensive care.

She was admitted on December 10, 2015, with complaints of shortness of breath and aggravation of bed sores culminated into septicemia, which led to her death on January 24.

An inquiry was marked by DGHS and a five-member committee investigated and submitted the report, in which it was concluded that “the hospital was negligent in providing proper care to patients and failed to adhere with prescribed standards laid by NABH”.

However, Dr Vinay Verma, CEO, Alchemist Hospital, had maintained that NABH team had already inspected the hospital early this year and found no deficiencies. The hospital has NABH accreditation till 2017, he had added.