‘Was prescribed anxiety medicine’: Family alleges negligence at Anantnag hospital after man dies

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Relatives of a man who died on Monday staged protest in GMC Anantnag, alleging ‘negligence’ on part of the doctors. The authorities said an inquiry would be initiated and assured action if concerned doctor was found at fault.

According to a relative of the man from remote Marwah area of Kishtwar, the patient was taken to GMC Anantnag on Sunday. “ECG and TROPT examinations were carried and after reports, the doctor told us that there is nothing to worry. He said the patient has some kind of tension and advised visit to a psychiatrist. He told us that he needs love and care at home and prescribed him medicine (used in anxiety disorder— name withheld),” one of the protesters who was also attending the patient told reporters at GMC premises.

“We took the advice seriously and shifted him to our rented accommodation at Ashajipora Anantnag. At around 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, the patient started to wither in pain and then we again took him to the hospital where the same doctor saw him. He again told us that there was nothing to worry and told us to give one more tablet of the drug prescribed earlier. Then we gave him the tablet,” the protester said, adding, “In between the patient vomited and we again went to the doctor who advise some injection which was given to him,” the attendant said. Thereafter, he said, the relatives of the patient went the doctor and told him that even as patient seems relaxed, “we should be given a bed in the hospital for night.” However, he said, the doctor told them that there was nothing to worry and asked them to take the patient home and show him to some psychiatrist.

The protester said the family again brought the man to hospital in the morning. “We were told he has died. We want justice. If poor have to meet same fate, then tell us what we shall do, were shall we go?” he said, adding, “They should have told us before hand. We could have shifted him to (SKIMS) Soura or private facility.”

Incharge Medical Superintendent of GMC Anantnag Dr Fayaz Ahmad told GNS an inquiry will be conducted and action will be taken if the doctor was found at fault.

“It has been brought to my notice that a patient who was already a coronary artery patient and was on follow-up of SKIMS Soura came to hospital casualty. He already had heart stent,” he said.

One of our doctors, he said, prescribed tests and after they came out to be normal, he was sent home.

“This morning they came and said that he died at home. Let them file a representation and necessary measures would be taken,” he said, adding, “Necessary action would be taken if there was any negligence. We never want any patient to go unattended and not provided with due care. I will look into it. I will talk to HoD Medicine and get the matter properly investigated.” (GNS)

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