VELLORE: In separate incidents, two patients, who were not provided emergency medical care on time, died at the Government Ambur Hospital on Sunday.
In the first incident, 70-year-old Santhanam, injured in a road accident, was brought to the emergency ward around 1.05 pm, but was not attended to by any doctor even after 30 minutes. He succumbed around 2.30 pm. His friend, Rajkumar, waited outside thinking Santhanam was being treated, but after 30 minutes, stepped in to find no medical staff nearby and Santhanam fighting for his life.
In another incident, 13-year-old Vaishnavi was brought in around 1.45 pm for a breathing problem. She was not given any treatment for about half an hour and made to sit on the varandah. At 2.20 pm, a doctor came, examined the girl and declared her dead. Her parents then took the body home on a two-wheeler. The hospital was reportedly understaffed.