Gurgaon Fortis 'overbilling': Haryana govt says hospital guilty of negligence

DENGUE DEATH: Haryana govt probe finds Fortis Hospital guilty

A panel probing allegations of overcharging against a Gurgaon hospital regarding a case in which a 7-year-old girl died of dengue has found "several irregularities" following which the Haryana government is planning to lodge an FIR.

All documents, statements and details required by the probe panel of the Haryana government regarding a case in connection with the death of a girl due to dengue at Fortis hospital, were provided to them, the hospital group today said.

Mr Vij alleged the girl died because the hospital did not follow the basic protocol after her parents insisted on taking her to another hospital.

The girl was on a ventilator, but she was put in an ordinary ambulance, ventilator was withdrawn and an ambu bag was not provided in that, which became the cause of her death.

The private hospital had denied the charge, saying the patient's kin was informed about the bill on a daily basis. But the ambulance in which the child was taken out of hospital, the ambulance had no such facilities.

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Quoting the official copy of the report, Mirror Now said that the inquiry committee found the hospital guilty of negligence, lapses, unethical and unlawful acts on the part of the team of doctors that attended to seven-year-old Adya Singh of Dwarka in Delhi. "Ventilator was taken off and even the ambubag was not provided that eventually led to child's death, which is a very serious irregularity", Vij said while talking to the mediapersons in his office at Civil Secretariat here today. The child should have been given Advance Life Support System, but the child was provided BLS ambulance, which had no such facilities. The patient is unaware; patient's parents don't know the consequences.

The parents had also alleged forgery of their signatures on consent form multiple times, Vij added.

Also under the Epidemic Act, the hospital was supposed to inform the civil hospital, Gurugram about the dengue patient, which they did not do. He added that a notice has already been given to the hospital for cancellation of blood bank there.

If found guilty, the hospital authorities could be imprisoned for a period ranging from a month to six months and may have to pay a fine of Rs 200 upto Rs 1,000.

He also that the hospital is required to provide healthcare at cheaper rates to 20% of its customers drawn from the economically weaker sections according to an agreement it has with the government. "We have also written to HUDA seeking termination of the hospital's lease", Vij told media persons.

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