According to the KNS correspondent, the family members of the victim emerged in press colony Srinagar alleging medical negligence on part of the hospital authorities and Dr Showkat Zargar, former Director SKIMS. Muazam-ul Hamid told KNS that his father breathed his last on 21 February in Khyber hospital Srinagar due to medical negligence and now we have registered a complaint against Hospital Administration and former Director SKIMS Showkat Zargar in police station Khaniyar.
The complaint which is in the possession of KNS reads: “I admitted my father Abdul Hamid,Rtd DFO R/O 42 Rawalpora in Khyber Hospital Srinagar on 20th Feb, 2018 for a minor surgery as was advised by Dr Showkat Zargar who previously had conducted his investigation regarding the same. The procedure was done by Dr Zargar himself at Khyber Hospital at 10.00. After the completion of procedure, my father was made to stay for night in room number 306 where he developed acute pain. Dr Zargar after the procedure didn’t bother to check the patient; instead he hurriedly discharged the patient from the hospital.”
“After the procedure, the patient developed complications and vomited a lot, but Dr Zargar didn’t bother to give a heed to our repeated pleas. In spite of my repeated requests, my father was discharged from the hospital though his condition was not stable. On the same day on Feb 21, I took my father to the private clinic of Dr Zargar at Jawahar Nagar where after examining him, he directed us to shift the patient to Khyber Hospital once again. Despite a word from him that he will check the patient, Dr Zargar didn’t bother to visit the hospital. On examination of the patient and after some protocols, the Doctors declared my father dead.”
“After the death of my father, what shocked me more was that Khyber Hospital had changed the content and date of discharge documents. It is crystal clear that the death of patient was caused due to pure negligence of Dr Zargar and Khyber Hospital who discharged the patients when he was not stable.” the complainant has said.
“Please take cognizance of the matter and register an FIR against Khyber Hospital and Dr Showkat Zargar who discharge the patient in a critical condition willfully and even after his readmission in the said hospital on the advice of concerned doctor ” he requested police.
Mauzam-ul-Hamid told KNS that that he wants the doctor and the hospital administration get punished so that in future they don’t play with the life of a patient.
Dr Showkat Zargar despite repeated calls did not receive the phone, However when KNS contacted Khyber hospital administration they refuted allegations of medical negligence. “It is totally wrong to say that there was any medical negligence in the procedure. We did his polypectomy successfully and subsequently discharged him from the hospital after keeping him under observation for full night,” Shanawan Ahmad, Administrator of the Kyhber hospital told KNS over phone.
He however further added that next day we received a phone call from Dr Showkat Zargar who told us that he found patient’s plus rate to be low so accordingly he may be admitted in the emergency ward. However when we received the patient, he was dead. (KNS)
2015 Kashmir Despatch