Panel gives clean chit to GMCH docters in dengue death case

14 December, 2016

CHANDIGARH: The first case under the Medical Negligence Committee set up in October has given a clean chit to doctors at Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32.

The committee headed by GMCH director Dr Atul Sachdev has already sent the report to home-cum-health secretary Anurag Aggarwal for approval. There were three cases of medical negligence at PGI, GMCH and Government Multi-speciality Hospital, Sector 16. Out of these, two went for review and one of them has not found the treating doctors guilty.


R K Arora, a Sector 21 resident, had alleged carelessness on part of doctors treating his daughter for suspected dengue at GMCH after she died on September 5. Disha Arora was admitted to GMCH on September 4 night and was hospitalized for seven hours after which she died. Arora had written a complaint against the hospital to the UT SSP, GMCH director-principal, UT adviser and the health secretary.


The letter mentioned that even after clinical assessment of suspected dengue, the patient was not provided treatment. The case was considered under the Medical Negligence Committee. "The committee has submitted its findings and has held none of the doctors guilty of medical negligence. The committee's report mentioned that the deceased was admitted for seven hours and based on the oral statement of the treating doctors, it was concluded that she was administered proper treatment," said a senior official at the UT administration. The report further mentions that there were no medical records available as the patient was hospitalized for a short duration. "In case the complainant is not satisfied, we can reinvestigate the case," said a senior official.


Arora has expressed his dissatisfaction with the report. "I was called on October 18 by the committee which was chaired by the medical superintendent of GMCH. How can the findings of the committee blame the hospital when it was chaired by a senior doctor from the hospital itself?" questioned Arora. He further said, "The constitution of the committee is questionable. All are doctors and one is a bureaucrat. It should include a member from a patient group."


This year until October, the city had seen 885 cases of dengue.