BHUBANESWAR: In yet another shocking case of apathy towards patients, especially women, the staff of Capital Hospital left a pregnant woman unattended for long refusing to admit her to the Operation Theatre (OT), even though her condition was critical.
The woman, Anusmita Nayak, a resident of Gop, wrote a grievance letter to the hospital Director demanding action against the errant staff.
Anusmita stated that when she and her relative requested the hospital staff to allow her to enter the OT for her delivery, they misbehaved with them.
Earlier, Anusmita was admitted to the public health centre (PHC) at Gop for delivery, but was referred to Capital Hospital due to pregnancy-related complications, late on Saturday.
As per the letter, she was first denied medical attention by the doctors here and later the staff misbehaved with her. She had to lie on the floor for a couple of hours before she was finally allowed into the OT after several requests by her relative.
She also alleged that a staffer, who helped her, demanded `500 from her relative.
When contacted, Deputy Superintendent of Capital Hospital Manoranjan Das admitted to the incident. “We are inquiring into the matter and shall take stringent action against whoever is found guilty,” he said.
This is not the first case of negligence by the staff of Capital Hospital. On June 29, Mira Sethi, a destitute woman, had died due to pregnancy-related complications following inadequate medical attention. The State Commission for Women took serious note of the case and issued summons to the doctors over negligence in attending to her.