Baby dies, parents allege negligence by Apollo Gleneagles

Angry relatives vandalise hospital, management forms panel to probe case
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19 Apr 2017

With the family of a baby, who died today, alleging medical negligence by Apollo Gleneagles West Bengal health department has sought the treatment report from it.

"We have asked for a preliminary report regarding the treatment of the baby from the hospital authorities. They have been asked to submit the report by tomorrow," director of health services Biswaranjan Satpathy told news agency today. Baby Kuheli Chakraborty, who was transferred to Apollo Gleneagles Hospital on Saturday last, died this morning and her family members alleged that medical negligence on the part of the hospital was responsible for it. Relatives of the family vandalised the hospital which resulted in damage to glass doors. "Our baby was brought here for colonoscopy ... She was not ill. But the doctors have murdered her. We want justice," Shalu Chakraborty, mother of the deceased baby, said.

The baby's family lodged a complaint at the Phoolbagan police station against three doctors and the hospital authorities alleging medical negligence, a senior officer of Kolkata Police said. "As per the complaint of the family members a case has been initiated under IPC Section 304A (causing death by negligence)," he said. The newly set-up West Bengal Clinical Establishment Regulatory Commission (WBCERC) will take up the matter if the baby's family lodge a complaint with it, Satpaty said. "If the family members of the baby lodge a complaint to the Commission it will take up the matter," he said.

Describing the death of the baby as "extremely unfortunate", Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals today said that a committee will probe into the incident.