Denied money, doc performs surgery without anaesthesia

A doctor at a government hospital in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar town, about 450 kilometres from here, allegedly performed an orthopaedic surgery on an undertrial without administering anaesthesia, after the latter refused to shell out money demanded by the surgeon.

The undertrial, identified as Avinash Chand, alleged that the doctor had, with the help of the ward boys, tied him with ropes and belts and performed surgery on his broken arms. “The doctor continued the surgery even though I kept on crying in pain,” Chand alleged.

Chand, who had been arrested a few days ago by the police on charges of murder, had met with an accident while being taken to the jail. He had broken his arm and had to undergo an operation at another hospital. He had been lodged at the district jail at Muzaffarnagar.

As the pain in the arm did not subside, Chand was again brought to the district hospital, where the doctors recommended a surgery. “The orthopedic surgeon demanded Rs 5,000 for the operation... I did not have the amount, so I simply expressed my inability to pay,” he said.

“The doctor did not give him anaesthesia... my son kept on crying in pain but the doctor went ahead with the surgery,” alleged Sumer Chand, Avinash’s father, who was also present at the hospital when the surgery was performed on Saturday. Chand and his family created a ruckus at the hospital and demanded stern action against the doctor.

The other side

Dr Yogesh Agarwal, the orthopedic surgeon at the hospital, however, rubbished the allegations.

The sorry state of affairs at the government hospitals in Uttar Pradesh is an open secret. Barely a few months ago, it was found that the ward boys and sweepers were giving stitches and injections to critically wounded people at Bulandshahar district hospital. Then the hospital administration, quite brazenly, had said that sometimes ward boys did give stitches as they had been trained.

A few months ago, the auxiliary nurse midwives were found engaged in the delivery of babies under candlelight as there was no power and the generator was out of order at a community health centre in Barabanki district.

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