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Kin: Shift a ploy to save doc in dock
Bappa inside an ambulance after being discharged from the NBMCH on Wednesday. (Kundan Yolmo)

Siliguri, April 7: The North Bengal Medical College and Hospital today referred Bappa Debnath to SSKM Hospital in Calcutta, a move to shield a doctor accused of engaging touts to draw patients to private nursing homes, his family alleged.

The SSKM will be the fourth hospital to treat Debnath after he had suffered compound fractures on the right leg in a road accident in Siliguri on December 11. After the mishap, Debnath had been admitted to the NBMCH, where Dr Sagar Narang who was on duty in the emergency ward, said his leg had to be amputated.

However, an ambulance driver suggested to Debnath’s family that the patient be referred to a private hospital. On the way to the nursing home, the driver asked the family to consult Narang and gave them the doctor’s visiting card. Narang operated Debnath at the nursing home, but his leg developed an infection.

“An inquiry committee was set up by the NBMCH principal nearly two months ago to probe the charges against the doctor and we were expected to receive the report but Bappa was referred to Calcutta. We approached the authorities several times, but they kept on giving flimsy excuses for not making the inquiry report public. When we approached the principal yesterday, he said the report was yet to be typed,” Paresh Chakraborty, Bappa’s brother-in-law, told journalists today.

“They have referred him to the SSKM to shield Narang, hoping that matters will cool down now. We doubt if the inquiry report will ever be published,” alleged Chakraborty, flanked by Bappa’s wife and some Trinamul Congress leaders.

After his release from the nursing home, Debnath, a 30-year-old mechanic, had undergone treatment at the Siliguri District Hospital, before being referred to the NBMCH on March 10.

“The NBMCH authorities had assured us of best treatment when he had been re-admitted. But within 48 hours, the doctors said they could do nothing about his injury and he needed to be referred to a hospital in Calcutta,” said Chakraborty.

A poser to the NBMCH principal, J.B. Saha, about the inquiry report was met with a terse reply: “It has got delayed.”

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