Toddler dies as hospital staff haggle over bribe

Friday, Aug 12, 2016,11:27 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Bahraich (UP) | In a shocking incident, a 10-month-old baby died in a UP government hospital here allegedly after he was not given timely treatment by the staff as his parents could not pay the bribe demanded by them, triggering an outrage that prompted Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to remove the Chief Medical Superintendent.

The infant’s father, Shivdutt, a daily wage earner, alleged that Krishna died because the hospital staff delayed administering a crucial injection to him and wasted time demanding a bribe for providing treatment. The victim’s family also alleged that the infant was given a wrong injection by the nurse leading to his death on the morning of August 9 in the Bahraich district hospital, 130 km from Lucknow.

Taking serious note of the incident, the chief minister issued an order removing the CMS, an official spokesman said in Lucknow. Akhilesh said that the government was committed to providing better medical facilities to the people and warned that stern action will be taken against insensitive doctors who ignore patients. Taking suo motu cognizance of the incident, the National Human Rights Commission issued a notice to the UP government acting on the basis of media reports.

The NHRC notice was issued to the Principal Secretary of the Health and Family Welfare department seeking a report within four weeks. Timely treatment in this case, could have saved a precious human life, NHRC said, adding that the incident raises serious issue of violation of right to life of poor patients, who cannot afford expensive treatment at private hospitals.

As the incident came to light, the state government swung into damage-control mode with Minister of State for Health SP Yadav directing the district magistrate to conduct an inquiry and send him the report within 24 hours.

BSP supremo Mayawati attacked the Uttar Pradesh government over the Bahraich incident. Talking to reporters in Delhi, she demanded action against the culprits. She alleged that such incidents as well as atrocities against dalits have increased during Samajwadi Party rule.