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Probe ordered into SSKM incident

Published: 14th July 2012 09:13 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th July 2012 09:13 AM   |  A+A-

A day after a shocking video footage of a Group ‘D’ staff administering stitches to a patient at the government-run SSKM Hospital here emerged, the state Health Ministry ordered a probe into the incident.

“We have ordered an inquiry. We want to know why this has happened. The incident is unfortunate,” said State MoS for Health Chandrima Bhattacharya on Friday. The state Health Department has also issued a diktat to all the government-run hospitals in the state not to use Group ‘D’ staff to treat patients.

The incident took place in broad daylight on Thursday when a cleaner was seen giving stitches to a patient with head injury. Meanwhile, the SSKM Hospital authorities have slapped showcause notices to the doctors on duty at the emergency ward.  The State Human Rights Organisation also demanded a report from the state government in two weeks.

Similar incidents were reported from various government hospitals in West Bengal. Cases of a woman’s toe being bitten off by a rat, drunken doctor showing up on duty and acid being rubbed on a patient instead of rectified spirit have emerged last one year.

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