Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has ordered the dismissal and suspension of four doctors at government-run Guru Teg Bahadur (GTB) Hospital and Lok Nayak Hospital for allegedly denying medical assistance to an injured man, who later died.
Kejriwal approved the submission of the Delhi Health Department’s proposal to dismiss the doctors from GTB Hospital and LNJP Hospital, along with the suspension of one doctor from each hospital.
According to a Delhi government official, in the proposal, Kejriwal urgently demanded strict action, citing a ‘complete lack of empathy and professionalism’ on the doctor’s part. Kejriwal has forwarded the proposal for Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena’s approval concerning decisive action against doctors.
Kejriwal recommended the after an incident that occurred on January 3, when a person jumped from a moving police van. The man, 47, accused of molestation was being taken to the police station in a PCR van when he suddenly opened the window and jumped out. Initially, the police took him to Jag Pravesh Chandra (JPC) Hospital and later to GTB Hospital in an ambulance.
As a CT scan was unavailable at GTB Hospital, he could not be admitted and was referred to Lok Nayak Hospital, the police said. “However, because of the unavailability of ICU ventilator beds, he could not be admitted there too,” a police officer said.
The man eventually succumbed to his injuries.
Immediately after this incident, the Delhi government initiated action against the doctors at both hospitals. The medical directors of these hospitals were issued show-cause notices by the Delhi government, and a thorough investigation was conducted into the case.
The investigation report of the relevant authority found a lack of empathy and professionalism among the medical officials involved in the case.