The Telegraph
Tuesday , March 7 , 2017

Fresh panel, 72 hours for Apollo probe

March 6: The government today formed a fresh committee to identify doctors and officials of Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals responsible for the lapses pointed out by another committee set up following the death of a road accident victim.

The first committee - comprising five doctors of government medical colleges and a special secretary in the health department - handed a 12-page report to the director of health services this morning.

Health secretary R.S. Shukla said the panel had found evidence of medical negligence, tampering with documents and delay in letting Sanjoy Roy's family shift him to SSKM Hospital over an unpaid bill.

Roy died on February 24, hours after being shifted to SSKM from Apollo, where he was treated for six days.

"We have formed a new committee because the first one didn't identify who all were responsible (for the alleged offences)," Shukla said at Nabanna after handing over the report to chief minister Mamata Banerjee, who is also in charge of the health department.

The new committee, comprising three members, has been given 72 hours to file its report.

The members are Biswa Ranjan Satpathy, the director of health services; Gopal Krishna Dhali, professor of gastroenterology at SSKM Hospital; and Madhusudan Banerjee, former professor of surgery at the Calcutta Medical College and Hospital.

Satpathy said the new committee would go through the report of the earlier panel and speak to doctors, nurses and other hospital employees, "as and when necessary", from tomorrow.

"The previous committee found specific faults with the hospital. In our report we will name those who were responsible for the lapses. If there is an allegation of extortion and the allegation is proved to be true, someone must be held responsible for it," Satpathy said.

Extortion was one of the charges in the FIR drawn up against Apollo on the basis of a complaint by Sanjoy Roy's wife Rubi on February 26, two days after his death.

The other charges were death due to negligence and common intention.

One of the doctors on the earlier panel said their report was descriptive, delineating where the treatment went wrong and how much time was wasted in shifting the patient to SSKM Hospital because of Apollo's demand that the entire bill be cleared first.

Rubi had also handed a 40-page complaint to the six-member committee, detailing the family's grievances against doctors. She also mentioned that the private hospital had forced the family to submit a fixed deposit bond as a collateral for a post-dated cheque they had given to Apollo to clear the dues.

Two critical care consultants of Apollo who had treated Roy and the chief financial officer of the hospital were summoned to Phoolbagan police station for questioning this afternoon. Altogether seven doctors have been questioned.

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