Gurgaon: Two cardiologists of Fortis Memorial Research were arrested late on Thursday night on suspicion of medical negligence—the second such case involving the hospital to come to light in second in two months and the third in six months.
The case for which the doctors— senior cardiologist Dr Suryanarayan Murty and emergency doctor Dr Vajja Nagaraju— were booked involved the death of a 51-year-old woman, Seema Ghai, in May last year. The doctors were released on bail on Friday.
The duo was been booked under Section 304 of the Indian Penal Code (Punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder) and was arrested for “delay in administration of emergency medication” to Seema Ghai who was brought to the hospital with what has been described as “clear signs of a cardiac stroke”. The case came to light in February, when police registered a case against the two doctors after the Gurugram medical board indicted the two doctors.
As per the documents provided by Ghai’s kin to the SIT, the patient was admitted to the hospital well in time. But the medical staff present in the cardiology department under Murthy’s supervision did not give the required medication to Ghai and she died of excessive chest pain, the official said.
“It appears during investigation that doctors have not started the treatment of Ghai in time leading to her death,” the official mentioned in a fact-finding report. The complaint in the matter was filed by Ghai’s family against the doctors at Sushant Lok police station in May 2017.
The health department had formed a committee of three doctors to probe the case and they found the doctors to be negligent in performing their duty. “The SIT arrested the two doctors on the basis of the medical committee report,” the officer said.
The case made headlines in November over accusations that the hospital overcharged the grieving family. A committee instituted by the Haryana government later indicted the hospital for medical negligence.