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Parents of dead baby visit CMO, seek appointment to meet CM

Parents of four-month-old Kuheli Chakraborty, who died due to alleged medical negligence of Apollo Gleneagles Hospital, visited the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) at Nabanna on Friday.

They met the officials at CMO and gave a letter seeking permission to meet Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The victim girl's parents said that they came to meet the Chief Minister as they wanted justice and reiterated that their daughter had lost her life due to the medical negligence of the hospital authorities.

It may be recalled that Kuheli died on Wednesday after the baby was allegedly administered anesthetic drug after keeping her in empty stomach for a long time. She was admitted with a bleeding intestine. On Thursday, the West Bengal Clinical Establishment Regulatory Commission had also directed the hospital authorities to submit a report in this connection within 72 hours.

The victim's parents went to the state Secretariat at around 1 pm on Friday. Sources said that the CMO assured the victim's parents that they would be informed when the Chief Minister would meet them.

Taking a tough stand against harassment caused to people by private healthcare units, the Chief Minister held a meeting with representatives of all private hospitals and nursing homes. At the same time, her government tabled the West Bengal Clinical Establishments (registration, regulations and transparency) Bill to check the menace.

It may be recalled that the Chief Minister had also met family members of Sunil Pandey, who had died due to alleged medical negligence of Medica Superspecialty Hospital.

The state government has also given job to the wife of another victim of medical negligence, Sanjay Roy, in the West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation. Sanjoy Roy's wife Ruby Roy visited Phoolbagan police station on Friday.

She claimed that she was asked to come to the police station for certain reasons. The Phoolbagan police station has undertaken a probe in connection with the death of Sanjay and interrogated top officials of the private hospital.

The police are still taking statements of the hospital officials.
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