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Promises of PM Modi's Achey Din fall flat as nothing changes on ground
In 2-years on, BJP MLC fails to get justice for his son, who died of alleged medical negligence
5/1/2019 11:44:32 PM
Early Times Report
Jammu, May 1: The Bharatiya Janata Party MLC, Ramesh Arora, has been running from pillar to post to seek the punishment for the team of doctors, whose alleged negligence led to death of his son 28-year old son, Sadhaya Arora, at Government Medical College hospital here on 23 October 2016.
Late Sadhaya Arora was admitted at GMC Jammu on 17 October, 2016 as he was reportedly suffering from Dengue fever but he passed away few days after he was admitted in the hospital. Family members of the deceased had alleged that a team of doctors headed by Dr Anil Mahajan treated the deceased in a very "unprofessional manner" and that led to his death.
An analyst while talking to Early Times said, "Ramesh Arora despite being the MLC of a ruling party (BJP) in 2016 is still running from pillar to post to seek justice for his deceased son. This is the plight of the MLC, who has got access to the entire system. This depicts sorry state of affairs and indicates that common man can never get justice."
He said that when the MLC's son died his own party leader Bali Bhagat was the Health Minister but he too couldn't do much except expressing solidarity with Ramesh Arora, who lost his young son due to alleged complacent attitude of the doctors.
Another analyst said that tall promises of "Achey Din" which were made by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, stand punctured as nothing much has changed during the past five years across the country, including Jammu region.
It may be recalled that the MLC Ramesh Arora, father of Sadhaya Arora, had approached the then Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti with his complaint about doctors being responsible for his son's death. Following Arora's complaint the then Chief Minister vide order No. 979 G of 2016 Dt. 29-10-2016 ordered an inquiry and a team of doctors was constituted for the said purpose on 11 November,2016 vide order No. ES-3/MISC/2823-37. The committee constituted to look into the alleged negligence included Dr Gurjeet Singh Soodan, Dr K K Gupta, Dr Deepak Kapoor, Dr Rajat Gupta and Dr Utra Sambyal.
The committee of doctors found many missing points in the treatment provided to Sadhaya Arora and reached to the conclusion that the patient was handled in an "unprofessional manner" and "negligence" was clearly visible.
On 25 Nov 2016, the MLC Ramesh Arora submitted another complaint to Chairman of Legislative Council, Minister and Governor. Matter was discussed in the House on 2 January 2017, following which a joint House Committee was formed to look into the case.
The committee headed by Gulam Nabi Monga, included MLAs G M Saroori, Devinder Singh Rana, MLCs Dr S Bashir Ahmad Shah Veeri, Dr Shehnaz Ganai, Vibodh Gupta, Firdous Tak, Surinder Kumar Chowdhary and Ali Mohammad Dar. The House Committee submitted its report in the Upper House after examining the entire issue.
The House Committee in its report submitted that "death was caused due to the negligence of the concerned HOD and his team of doctors." On the basis of the above statements the committee recommended stern disciplinary action against the concerned HOD and team of doctors who were involved in the medical treatment of the deceased-Sadhya Arora".
Final report was also submitted by Chairman stating that action is recommended against Dr Anil Mahajan and his team as they are responsible for negligence in treatment resulting into death of Sadhya Arora.
The report of the Joint House Committee was considered by Upper House and was sent to the Chief Secretary for further action. The Chief Secretary after considering the report and taking legal opinion forwarded it to Government Administrative Department (GAD) for action. The GAD after considering the report asked Commissioner Secretary Health to take action as per report. But till date no action has been taken.
On 30 April 2019, MLCs Ashok Khajuria, Ramesh Arora, Ajay Bharti, Vibodh Gupta, Surinder Ambardar and Pardeep Sharma addressed a joint press conference in Jammu and demanded action against the erring doctors. "We are all concerned about the negligence at GMC Jammu. This has become a routine in the hospital. We cannot allow an institution to work in a manner it is working. Although government has provided maximum facilities but we feel many doctors are lack commitment to the profession and do not discharge their duties with minimum standards required to be maintained during treatment," they said.
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