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Wife wants doctor-tout nexus probe

Siliguri, Jan. 21: The wife of a mechanic today met the superintendent of the medical college here for the third time in two months, reminding him to take action against a surgeon who had allegedly made her move her husband from the government hospital through a tout.

Shobha Debnath alleged that she had requested the authorities of North Bengal Medical College and Hospital twice before to probe the nexus between surgeon Sagar Narang and touts, but it had fallen on deaf ears. Today, Shobha, who was accompanied by Trinamul Congress leaders, threatened that if no action was taken against Dr Narang by February 3, she would sit in a dharna outside the superintendent’s chamber.

“It is because of Narang that my husband’s leg has not healed. He is now under treatment at the Siliguri District Hospital (SDH) but his condition has not improved,” said Shobha, a resident of Krishnanagar Colony in Binnaguri.

On December 11, Bappa was hit by a vehicle on his way to work. He was rushed to North Bengal Medical College and Hospital where Dr Narang was on emergency duty. “The doctor said my husband’s leg would have to be amputated. We were scared. Just then an ambulance driver walked in.”

The driver suggested to Shobha that she should shift her husband to a nursing home. Within an hour, Bappa was discharged from the hospital and the driver took the couple in his ambulance to a nursing home. “On the way, he gave us a card with Dr Narang’s name and number on it. The driver told us to contact Dr Narang at the nursing home and we did.”

Bappa was operated at the nursing home by Dr Narang. The bill came to Rs 65,000 for five days but the couple paid Rs 45,000 on December 16 when Bappa was released. “But my husband did not recover, his wound did not heal. It started oozing pus,” Shobha said. Bappa was admitted to Siliguri District Hospital on December 18. Five days later, Shobha approached the NBMCH authorities, demanding an investigation into the “doctor-tout nexus”. A reminder was given on January 5. Both the times, there was no response.

With her husband jobless and with money being needed for his treatment, Shobha has withdrawn her three children from school.

Samir Ghosh Roy, the superintendent, said: “Since, this needs a hearing from both parties, I have arranged for a meeting on February 3.”

Dr R. Guha, who has been treating Bappa at SDH, said: “His wound got an infection after the operation was conducted on him. He was brought in a critical condition to SDH. It may take several months or even a year for him to completely recover.”

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