In a gross case of negligence, a four-day-old infant died after being allegedly shuttled from one wing of a government hospital to another in Uttar Pradesh’s Bareilly.

According to PTI reports, the girl born at a private hospital on June 15 had difficulty in breathing after which her parents brought her to the government hospital in Bareilly. Her family alleged they were made to run from one wing of the hospital to another for over three hours due to which the infant died.

The officials said that the “critically-ill child was brought to the men’s wing, where paediatricians were available. But, instead of stabilising the child, her family was sent to the women’s wing, from where the child was sent back”.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered the suspension of Dr Kamlemdra Swaroop Gupta, Chief Medical Superintendent of the male wing of Maharana Pratap District Hospital and Dr Alka Sharma, the CMS of the female wing for alleged negligence of duty.

Dr Kamlemdra Swaroop Gupta allegedly did not admit the child, who was in a critical condition and sent her to the women’s wing, whose CMS Dr Alka Sharma allegedly referred her back to the men’s wing. Following this, the child died.

Medical negligence is a common sight in many parts of North India, especially in the state of Uttar Pradesh.