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AMC showcauses Rajasthan Hospital for lapse in treatment of COVID-19 patient

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The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has issued a showcause notice to a city-based private hospital for violation of the conditions enshrined in the memorandum of understanding (MoU) entered with the civic body for the treatment of COVID-19 patients.

The showcause notice issued to Rajasthan Hospital provides that the hospital was responding casually and in an irresponsible manner at a time when the city is fighting a bitter battle with COVID-19. AMC has said that out of the 125 functional beds that the hospital has, AMC was supposed to get 62 beds for COVID-19 patients. However, the hospital has so far provided only 23 beds and that too after several visits and bargaining by AMC officials.

The showcause notice also provides that during each visit by AMC officials, the hospital has provided different figures for beds and ventilators available with it.  The notice also provides that on June 18, there was a serious lapse in rendering medical care on the part of the hospital that resulted in the death of a COVID-19 patient Harish Kadiya.

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According to AMC, Kadiya was shifted from Lifecare Hospital to Rajasthan Hospital as he required ventilator support. The deputy health officer confirmed the availability of ventilator at Rajasthan Hospital in advance, but when the patient reached corona gate of Rajasthan Hospital, the hospital staff did not open the gate for approximately 20 minutes and after a huge tussle, the gate was opened. AMC has also alleged that the hospital staff took another 10-15 minutes to get a stretcher and the same has been corroborated with the CCTV footage.

The AMC has asked Rajasthan Hospital to respond on why a criminal complaint should not be filed against the hospital, why legal proceedings should not be initiated against it, and why heavy penalty should not be imposed on it. AMC has also sought a reply on why the hospital’s registration should not be cancelled for the grave negligence.

India’s COVID-19 tally crosses 4 lakh-mark, death toll at 13,254