Man dies on stretcher waiting for treatment

Friday, 23 August 2013 - 11:51am IST | Place: Surat | Agency: DNA
Surat hospital docs demand case papers before treating SMC staffer.

How lethargic the system is at public hospitals was revealed on Thursday when a patient died on the stretcher for not being treated on time. The shocking part is that treatment was held up due to the delay in preparing case papers.

Also, what an irony when the patient was a civic employee and the hospital run by the civic body.

Balu Solanki, 59, a resident of Pandesara and a Class IV employee at SMC (Surat Municipal Corporation) fainted while spraying insecticide near a pit filled with water at Udhna on Thursday morning.

His colleagues took him to the civic health centre at Khatodara which referred Balu to the SMIMER hospital, maintained by the SMC.

While being shifted, doctors on duty asked Balu’s colleagues to prepare case papers despite him being a civic employee. For some reason, case papers could not be prepared on time and Balu lay on the stretcher for nearly two hours.

“Though civic employees are given special cards for treatment, doctors demanded separate case papers. We were made to visit different windows to prepare case papers.

Till then, no treatment was provided to Balu for almost two hours which led to his death,” said co-worker Dilip Patel.

According to him, despite Balu being taken to the emergency ward after his condition deteriorated, doctors did not treat him.

Hemant Desai, medical officer of health, said the matter would be investigated to find out the exact reason behind Balu’s death. He doubted the claim that the patient had been denied treatment at the hospital.

“It is impossible that Balu was not treated. But as his co-workers have made an allegation, we will conduct an inquiry to find out the exact reason for his death,” he said.

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