Dengue death: Fortis found guilty of 'grave negligence'

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The Fortis Hospital on Thursday denied the allegations of bribe levelled against it by the father of the seven-year-old girl, who died of dengue.

The committee constituted by Haryana Government to investigate the case of death of seven-year old girl Aadhya, has indicted Fortis Hospital, Gurugram for grave negligence, lapse, unethical and unlawful act.

Following the indictment by the panel, Vij yesterday said an FIR will be filed against the hospital and the license of its blood bank will be cancelled.

"...jo protocol hai diagnosis ke aur medical duties ke, woh adopt nahin kiye gaye hain (...protocols for diagnosis and medical duties have not been adopted)", stated Vij in a press briefing on the committee's findings.

The girl was admitted to the Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI), Gurugram in September this year.

"Put in simple words, it is not a death, it is a murder", Mr. Vij said.

Yesterday, the group said they were "yet to receive a copy of the report" of the committee.

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"A written and signed statement to this effect has been submitted to the inquiry committee", the statement further read.

The committee also alleged several irregularities, including refusal of appropriate ambulance service to the patient, not following leave against medical advice (LAMA) protocol, and overcharging. Contrary to this, the hospital administration had only provided her a basic life support ambulance which lacked oxygen and other basic facilities.

The hospital had earlier refuted the charges, claiming the patient's family was informed about the bill on a daily basis and that there was no medical negligence.

The state is writing to MCI to take action on these issues, he said.

In addition, Haryana Urban Development Authority will also be requested to explore the possibilities for cancellation of lease of land given to the hospital.

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. "If need be, their lease should be cancelled", he said.

The matter came to light when Union health minister JP Nadda responded to a family friend's tweet of outrage over the billing.

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