WBMC questions 3 docs over infant's death
Kolkata: The West Bengal Medical Council (WBMC) on Friday questioned three doctors involved in the death of Kuheli Chakraborty – a 4-month-old child who died of alleged medical negligence after colonoscopy at a city hospital.
"This was the third hearing at the Council. The enquiry that has been conducted so far has found negligence on the part of the Apollo Hospital authorities. The child was given no food for a long time and then, medicine was given to her on an empty stomach. This may have resulted in the death. We will be holding more hearings to arrive at a conclusion," said WBMC president Nirmal Maji.
According to sources, pediatrician Baishali Roy, Subhas Tiwary, who was on duty at the ITU and Sanjay Mahawar (anesthesiologist), deposed before the council on Friday. Tiwary has admitted that he was not aware of the side effects of the medicine that was given to the child, an official in the council said.
Gastroenterologist Mahesh Goenka, who was also scheduled to appear for the hearing, did not turn up. "We will act tough against such negligence and will take steps," the official reiterated. The deceased child's parents were present at the time of the hearing. "We will fight till those responsible for the death of my daughter are punished," said Shalu Chakraborty, Kuheli's mother.
It may be mentioned that 4-month-old Kuheli died at the hospital on April 19, 2017, after a colonoscopy. Her parents Abhijit and Shalu Chakraborty had alleged medical negligence and lodged a complaint with Phoolbagan police and the West Bengal Clinical Establishment Regulatory Commission.
The West Bengal Clinical Establishment Regulatory Commission, in its verdict on June 23, 2017, had found prima facie negligence on part of the doctors and had forwarded the case to WBMC.