Indore Doctor seeks more time from HC to reply in infants death case

20 October, 2016

The duty doctor, who was accused of medical negligence in the case wherein ants allegedly bit the dead body of an infant at a district hospital, on Wednesday asked for more time from the Madhya Pradesh high court to reply in the matter.

Earlier this month an application was moved by advocate Shanno Khan challenging the reinstatement of duty doctor Anubha Shrivastava. “She was reinstated by a court order without hearing our side of the arguments. We had moved an application before court to hear our side of the arguments before revoking suspension of Dr Shrivastava,” she said. 

A doctor, a nurse and two health workers were suspended in June after a three-member panel held them responsible for the death of a newborn on June 6 at the district hospital. 

Though the case deals with the medical negligence of the doctor who did not attend to the child in the night, the case caught the attention of media when reports had stated that the body of the two-day-old baby was kept in the mortuary for several hours after delay in autopsy. Later, ants were reportedly found near the corpse. 

A three-member panel headed by Dr Sharad Pandit, joint director health, Indore probed the matter. The committee held duty doctor, Anubha Shrivastava, nurse Sushila Rale Bhat and class IV employees Choti Bai and Madhu Bai responsible for the death. 

A writ petition was moved by advocate Shanno Khan of Human Rights Law Network (HRLN) on the alleged pitiful condition of state-run district and MY hospital. The petition was presented before a division bench of the high court comprising justices JK Jain and Vivek Rusia. 

While all the other employees remained suspended, the suspension order of Dr Shrivastava was revoked. “The government-run hospitals are very poorly managed which has resulted in the death of many children in the last six months,” Khan had told the court.