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Patient falls off bed, dies; kin allege medical negligence

Patient falls off bed, dies; kin allege medical negligence

Kolkata: A woman died after she fell off the bed at the newly built super-specialty hospital in Bongaon on Wednesday night.

The family members of the patient have brought the charges of negligence against the hospital authorities and demanded a probe into the incident.

Munmun Mondal (43), a resident of Chalki village at Gopalnagar in Bongoan was admitted to the hospital by her family members on April 23 as she complained of severe respiratory distress.

After a preliminary check up the patient was admitted to the female medicine ward of the hospital. The patient was recovering well as observed by the hospital doctors. The family members of the victim spoke to the attending doctor in the night of April 24 who told them that patient may be released from the hospital in one or two days. The incident triggered tension among the patients at the female ward of the hospital on Thursday morning.

The victim's family members said that they received a phone call from the hospital saying the patient died. The family members then rushed to the hospital and came to know that the patient fell on the floor from the bed and this led to her death. It is suspected that she suffered internal injuries after falling from the bed. The real cause of her death is yet to be ascertained.

The hospital staff members however denied the allegation of negligence. They termed it as an accident.

The family members met the hospital authorities and urged them to conduct a probe into the death. They also alleged that the patient died due to negligence by a section of the hospital staff members. The hospital officials assured the deceased's family members that a probe would be conducted into the incident.

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