Paediatrician Dr K P Singh of Shahjahanpur District Hospital was suspended by Health and Family Welfare Minister Ahmed Hasan today for negligence in duty while treating a two-and-a-half-year-old child who died there on Wednesday.
The suspension was ordered after a preliminary inquiry on complaints of the child’s family members.
According to a press release issued by the state government, the doctor was suspended with immediate effect and the minister has also ordered the District Magistrate of Shahjahanpur to conduct a high-level inquiry into the case.
“The strict step was taken by the minister after receiving complaints by the family members of the deceased child,” said the release.
The preliminary inquiry found that Dr Singh was negligent in treating the child and in spite of sufficient budget as well as medicines available at the hospital, he allegedly ordered purchase of “expensive medicines” from outside, said the release.
One of the pre-poll promises of the ruling Samajwadi Party was providing free medicines to everyone in the state.
The child, Abdul Hasan, was admitted in the hospital at 10 am on Wednesday, after being treated initially by private practitioners at Shahjahanpur, said Dr AK Srivastava, Chief Medical Officer of Shahjahanpur. “He was admitted in the emergency ward in a critical condition and was suffering from serious lower respiratory tract infection,” said Dr DK Sonkar, Chief Medical Superintendent of the hospital.
Abdul was struggling for breath and died within an hour of admission. Following his death, his family members protested against the mismanagement of the hospital and even blocked the road in protest. Later, the police had to be called to control the situation.