CHANDIGARH: The Haryana government has decided to register a case against Fortis Hospital in Gurugram for serious irregularities in the case of seven-year-old dengue patient Adya Singh who died on September 14.
A notice has been issued to cancel the licence of the hospital’s blood bank. In addition, the Haryana Urban Development Authority will be requested to explore the possibilities of cancellation of its land lease. The state government has also asked the Medical Council of India to initiate action against erring doctors.
Claiming that “it was not a death, it was a murder”, Haryana’s Health Minister Anil Vij said an inquiry by the health department had found serious irregularities, unethical practices and lapses in diagnostic protocols on part of the hospital in the case.
As per the inquiry report of the four-member committee, headed by Additional Director General Dr Rajiv Wadhera, the hospital, brazenly ignoring the Indian Medical Association’s rules and regulations, inflated the bills by recommending expensive medicines rather than affordable substitutes. It also overcharged in giving platelets. Fortis also ignored the rule that says all private hospitals have to provide information related to a dengue patient to the local civil hospital.
Claiming that it is yet to receive a copy of the probe report, Fortis Healthcare in a statement said, “Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurugram, offered complete co-operation to the committee and the family of Baby Adya. All documents, statements and facts as required by them to conduct a detailed inquiry, were provided. Adya was referred to Fortis as a case of Dengue Shock Syndrome in a critical condition and our team provided the best possible care in the given circumstances. Fortis remains committed to the highest standards of medical excellence and compassionate patient care.”