RTI : Beds were available but patient denied intensive care

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Bhilai, June 07: Bed was available in the ICU of JLN Hospital, Sector 9 but a serious patient in IPD was not shifted there for treatment. The hospital management had stated in written to the victim that bed was not available in the ICU but the documents received through RTI reveal that bed was available. This shocking revelation has come in the case of alleged medical negligence and consequent death of retired Deputy Nursing Superintendent Nafisa Khadar.
Nafisa’s husband KA Abdul Khadar informed that he had requested to shift his wife to ICU in view of her serious condition but the hospital replied in written that beds were not available and hence she cannot be shifted to ICU. Later, Khadar received information regarding ICU Bed census through RTI which reveals that two beds were available in the ICU on that day.
It needs to be mentioned here that Ashish Nagar Risali resident KA Abdul Khadar has alleged that his wife KP Nafisa Khadar died on March 19 this year at JLN Hospital due to medical negligence. The most shocking part of the entire case is that Nafisa had served in the same hospital for about 37 years and had superannuated from the designation of Deputy Nursing Superintendent.
Dissatisfied with the departmental probe conducted by JLNH, the aggrieved family members have now filed complaint before the Secretary of Health Services (CG Govt); District Collector and Police Superintendent. SP Dr Sanjeev Shukla has assured to get the case investigated by Medical Council and take necessary action after receiving the probe report.
Khadar alleged that the management tried to cover up the irregularities and negligence in the department probe. The reports of the Complaint Redressal Committee of JLNH issued on April 11 and May 12 were contradictory and arbitrary. He reiterated that any specialist doctor did not attend the patient when her condition became critical after dialysis. District Collector has also assured to getting the case investigated through proper authority.
After receiving information through RTI, Khadar met the Director I/c (M&HS) Dr KN Thakur and stated that according to the norms there should be 22 beds available in the ICU of JLNH but only 12 beds are functional. On March 19, 2018, there were two beds available in the ICU but the patient was not shifted there on alleged reason of unavailability of bed. Khadar questioned that why any specialist doctor did not attend the patient in IPD when her condition started deteriorating fast after dialysis. He alleged that medical negligence and lack of proper care were the causes of Nafisa’s death. He added that there are 153 doctors working in JLNH but the cardiologists, nephrologists and neurologists are not available. Khadar asserted that the hospital management was solely responsible for her wife’s death. Dr Thakur assured that the departmental probe was on and they will take proper action against the responsible.
While talking to Central Chronicle, Khadar stated that he will continue struggling for justice and protecting others from getting victimized through medical negligence. He added that the hospital management has given confusing information through RTI. The RTI letter states that a doctor (MD, Medicine) having five years of experience in particular field becomes a Nephrologist. But according to norms, a MD Medicine has to complete DNB / DM in nephrology and get license of Nephrologist through proper authority. Such nephrologist is not available in JLNH. Non-availability of physician at Dialysis Unit is another evidence of negligence. He further alleged that the treatment sheet has been tampered.

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