Father of a seven-year-old girl, who died of dengue at the Fortis Hospital, has filed a police complaint against the hospital group, but no FIR has been registered in the case, police said on Sunday.
“The father of the deceased child filed the complaint at Sushant Lok police station on Friday,” SHO Gaurav Phogat said.
“But we have not filed an FIR yet as a preliminary investigation is on in the matter. We are waiting for an official copy of the inquiry report on the matter by a government panel,” he said.
In his complaint, Jayant Singh, urged the police to register the FIR for “culpable homicide” owing to criminal negligence against Fortis Hospital, Gurgaon, and also, forgery and destruction of evidence by the hospital management and doctors.
Singh held that the hospital was “criminally negligent in the course of his daughter’s treatment”.
He accused 18 persons, including chairman, Fortis Memorial Research Institute, executive vice-chairman, Fortis Healthcare, and nine doctors, for his daughter’s death.
Singh also alleged in the complaint that the hospital forged the parents’ signatures in “crucial and important treatment-related documents, that is, consent forms”.
Fortis Healthcare, however, maintained that they were “yet to receive any formal complaint”.
On 7 December, the Gurgaon’s hospital denied allegations of any bribe being paid to the father of the seven-year-old girl, who had died during dengue treatment recently.The private hospital, released a statement, amid reports that it had “offered money” to Jayant Singh, father of Adya Singh, to allegedly not pursue the case further.
“We categorically deny assertions or allegations of any bribe being paid to Jayant Singh, father of late Adya Singh, who was treated for dengue shock syndrome at the Fortis Memorial Research Institute,” it claimed in the statement.
“Fortis did offer a refund of the out-of-pocket expenses incurred by the family, in good faith. Furthermore, consequent to articulation of the family’s financial position by the father, we offered an additional amount purely as a humanitarian gesture,” it said.
The hospital said a “written and signed statement” to this effect has been “submitted to the inquiry committee”.
On 6 December, Haryana Health minister Anil Vij had that the state government would soon bring Clinical Establishment Act comprising stringent provisions keeping tab on many such issues.
The minister said that ordinance relating to Clinical Establishment Act would be brought within a week and most of its content would be taken from the Clinical Establishments (Registration and Regulation) Act of Government of India.
Under the fresh guidelines to be framed, private hospitals would have to display prices for diagnosis and packages for various treatments. There would be adequate norms to keep tab on various unethical charges by private hospitals, he added
(With agency inputs)