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Anil Vij, Health Minister of Haryana said that on the basis of the report of the probe panel appropriate action would be taken against the management of Gurgaon’s Fortis Hospital. The investigation is being conducted in the death of a 7-year old in hospital who was suffering from dengue.
The health minister in an official release passed a statement saying that whoever are the guilty persons will not be spared at any cost. He further stated that based on the irregularities found in the probe report criminal sections will be added such as forged signatures, overpricing of medicines, unavailability of timely ambulance service, violation of protocol for treatment, high charging of platelet transfusion, ignorance and violation of norms and rules of Indian Medical Association and Medical Council of India.
Mr. Anil Vij further said that the hospital shall be charged with both civil and criminal actions against it as the probe report indicates several lapses and negligence on the part of the hospital.
Clarifying whether FIR has been filed in the matter or not, he said that the police has made inquiry report part of the FIR. The FIR in the matter did not name a single doctor and the column of accused has been left blank. On the basis of the irregularities found in the probe report the sections has been added in the FIR.
The Gurgaon police has stated that the probe report by the Health Department in the matter is of 50 pages and thus for the purpose of registration they have only mentioned the brief details in the FIR but more sections will be added.
Currently, the FIR has been registered in the Sushant Lok Police Station of Gurgaon under section 304(2) IPC. The other actions are taken against the hospital under the Epidemics Disease Act.
To investigate the allegations of the overcharging by the family of patient who died due to the dengue a committee was set up headed by the Rajiv Vadhera, Additional DG, Health, Haryana.
The hospital had earlier refuted the charges, claiming that the patient's family was duly informed about the bill on a daily basis and that there was no medical negligence.