FIR to be lodged over lapses, says Vij on Fortis case

FIR to be lodged over lapses, says Vij on Fortis case

A panel probing allegations of overcharging against a Gurgaon hospital regarding a case in which a 7-year-old girl died of dengue has found "several irregularities" following which the Haryana government is planning to lodge an FIR, state health minister Anil Vij said.

"In simple words, it was not a death, it was a murder," Vij alleged at crowded press conference in his office.

There were many irregularities, unethical practices and the protocol for diagnosis and medical duties was not followed, Vij, flanked by the committee members, alleged.

The Haryana health department will file an FIR against the private hospital while the license of its blood bank will also be cancelled, he said. Its land lease may also be looked into, he added.

"The death of the girl happened due to not following the LAMA protocol, which is the Leave Against Medical Advice. The girl was on a ventilator, but she was put in an ordinary ambulance, ventilator was withdrawn and an ambu bag was not provided in that, which became the cause of her death, which is a very serious irregularity," the minister said.

The minister said that his department will be writing to the Medical Council of India (MCI) demanding action against the hospital.

The committee, which submitted its report on Wednesday, was set up by the Haryana government on November 21 under the chairmanship of Dr Rajiv Wadhera, Additional DG, Health, Haryana and also comprised of chief medical officer, Gurgaon. Besides, the help of two paediatric surgeons from PGIMS Rohtak and Medical College, Nuh, and district attorney, Gurgaon, as legal expert was also taken, Vij said.

 

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