Patient dies as doctor on duty ‘slept’

An elderly man suffering from diarrhoea died in a government hospital here after which his relatives staged a protest alleging that the doctor on duty at the late night shift was sleeping and failed to provide timely help to him when his condition worsened.

The incident took place on Friday at Ursula hospital when 65-year-old Kuresha, who was admitted to the hospital few days back, suddenly started suffering from severe pain. However, the doctor, A.K. Pandey — who was on night duty — did not turn up as he was sleeping, the relatives of the patient alleged.

When the relatives protested the doctor’s attitude, Pandey came and started abusing them. He then removed the oxygen mask from Kuresha’s mouth and went back to sleep. Kuresha died after sometime, they said.

Following the incident, the relatives created an uproar at the hospital which lasted till Saturday morning. They were later pacified by police and authorities, hospital officials said.

"It appears to be Pandey’s mistake. He should have attended to the patient instead of sleeping at duty hours. We have removed him from emergency duty and appointed a three- member committee to probe the matter," Ursula hospital director, Mr D.P. Mishra said, adding that the committee will submit the report within three days.

He, however, refuted the allegation of removal of oxygen support saying it was false as the mask are removed in cases where the patient find it difficult to breathe with the it on.

Directions have been issued to hospital staff against sleeping at duty hours and action will be initiated against those found to be violating these directions, Mishra said.(PTI)

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