Meerut: Barely two weeks after junior resident doctors at Meerut’s LLRM College demanded a magesterial inquiry into the death of a medical intern, the district magistrate on Wednesday ordered a fresh inquiry into the case in which 15 medical students have been charged with medical negligence.
Medical students have alleged that statutory procedures in conducting the inquiry were completely ignored and there was a conspiracy by the management, due to which these 15 medicos had been indicted.
Speaking to TOI, district magistrate B Chandrakala said, “We conducted a thorough scrutiny of the records, which is when it came to the fore that a medical board, which is mandatory for such inquiries, was not set up. Guidelines laid out by the Supreme Court were also not followed. I have no ordered a fresh inquiry, which will be carried out under an officer of the level of the assisstant district magistrate. Now, the probe will be conducted in accordance with the observations and recommendations of the medical board.”
The incident pertains to a case in which Sanjeet Kumar, an MBBS intern, had come to the emergency department of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel (SVBP) Hospital of the Lala Lajpat Rai Memorial (LLRM) medical college at 2 amon February 12, 2016. According to reports, Kumar was suffering from abdominal pain. He was attended by the staff and is shown leaving the premises in a CCTV camera. The following day, hundreds of irate undergraduates brought the body of Kumar at 6 pm alleging that he died out of medical negligence by the hospital staff when he had earlier come here.
Students, however, have made serious allegations against Dr Sachin Kumar, medical officer at LLRM medical college, who they said was grossly involved in corruption and mismanagement at the college. According to reports, there is a long-standing feud between junior resident doctors and Kumar who was instrumental in “dismantling” junior resident doctors’ association.
Resident doctors allege it was Kumar who got the “dead body” admitted to the emergency ward. However, Kumar defended his action, saying there was tremendous pressure from the college’s undergraduate students to give him shocks and revive him. “It is true that Sanjeet Kumar had died at 5:00 pm at a private hospital and soon after his body was brought into emergency department of medical college. There were around 200 students who wanted that efforts should be done to revive him and that is why he was immediately given medical attention and since death certificate had to be issued, I got him admitted here,” Dr Kumar told TOI.
One of the medical students named in the FIR, Mohammad Irtiza, told TOI, “The inquiry report is more of a mockery of the standard operating procedures (SOP). Firstly, there was no medical board constituted for the inquiry, which is part of the Supreme Court guidelines. Secondly, a non-medical magistrate conducted the inquiry. Thirdly, we were not given opportunity of being heard. Fourthly, be it emergency medical officer (EMO) or medical officers on duty at that time, no one has been charged with criminal conspiracy despite the fact they were the heads at that time.”