Govt rescinds Lady Goschen Hospital head's deputation

Puerperal woman's death and other incidents cited as reason

Govt rescinds Lady Goschen Hospital head's deputation

Health Department Commissioner’s order to Government Lady Goschen hospital superintendent Dr Shakunthala M Mugadur to return to her parent department (Government Wenlock hospital) is not only due to death of a puerperal woman in Government Lady Goschen Hospital on May 7, but also for various other reasons including the earlier deaths in the hospital, clarified Health and Family Welfare Minister U T Khader.

Apparently, it was a co-incident that Dr Shakunthala received the order to return to Government Wenlock hospital, a day after a puerperal woman died in the hospital.

It may be noted that Dr Shakunthala has been on deputation at Lady Goschen Hospital for the last eight years and as per Commissioner’s order, her deputation has been withdrawn.

Interestingly, though Dr Shakunthala has received the orders on May 8, she is yet to hand over the charge.

Report in 3 days
Meanwhile, speaking to reporters, after chairing a review meeting at Lady Goschen Hospital here, on Tuesday, he said prima facie report on the death of a puerperal woman after the alleged negligence by doctors of Government Lady Goschen Hospital, on May 7, would be ready within two to three days.

Stating that the government has considered five deaths in last one and half months in the district, Khader said a three member committee comprising- Dr N R Suresh, Dr Arathi and Dr Shantharam Baliga has been formed to probe the incident and they would submit a report within three days.

Appointment of nurses
The minister said Lady Goschen Hospital has 60 nurses working against the required number of 100 to 120. About 33 nurses will be recruited in Lady Goschen and Aroghya Samithi would offer a stipend of Rs 7,000 to them.

There is no scarcity of gynaecologists and paediatricians in the hospital. A full-time physician will be appointed by the department or by KMC Hospital, he said.  
Khader was disappointed by the snail’s pace of construction work of the new building of the hospital.

“If the situation continues, the company will be added to the black list,” he warned. Deputy Commissioner A B Ibrahim and Zilla Panchayat Cheif Executive Officer P Sreevidya were present among others.

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