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Mumbai: BMC suspends 2 doctors, 1 nurse

MUMBAI: Following allegations of medical negligence in a video which went viral of a four-month-old infant who died following a gas cylinder blast in Worli along with others, the BMC administration has suspended two doctors and one nurse from the municipal body-run Nair hospital. The video shows the doctors not attending to patients while they are waiting for treatment.
A heated discussion on Friday broke out in the civic standing committee meeting over the incident. Additional municipal commissioner Suresh Kakani who was present at the meeting said that a committee comprising of out of BMC doctors who deal with burns will be formed to enquire into the incident. “I saw viral video and ordered immediate inquiry. It would take 7 to 8 days for a detailed inquiry report,” said Kakani.
The BJP in the meeting demanded that a committee of elected representatives should be formed for surveillance of all civic run hospitals. “The family of the deceased should also be given a compensation of Rs 25 lakh,” said Prabhakar Shinde, BJP party leader in the BMC.
NCP’s Rakhi Jadhav said that while during Covid the administration did a good job but at most times we witnessed pathetic health services. “During night time, doctors and nurses are not easily found available easily. It’s time that all services in civic hospitals should be reviewed again.”
Shiv Sena’s Rajul Patel, health committee chairman said that on watching the video that went viral, I forwarded it to Nair Hospital dean Dr Ramesh Bharmal. “I told him that strict action should be taken. So many times, casualty doctors do not get patients admitted. A case of Homicide should be filed, so that next time no one would dare to act like this. Many civic hospital nurses are also rude, arrogant and not serving rightly,” said Patel.
Shiv Sena’s Yashwant Jadhav, committee chairman said that he ran out of words after seeing video and demanded an in-depth inquiry into the incident. “We could see that patients were begging for help and doctors, nurses were sitting idle. BMC is renowned for good health services, but such incidents are condemnable.”
Additional municipal commissioner Sanjeev Kumar who was present at the meeting said that the video showed that prima facie behavior of medical staff was wrong.

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