The man was then taken to RML Hospital but authorities allegedly denied him admission. “The man was brought back to JPC Hospital where he was declared dead at 5.45 am.
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The Delhi health department has asked GTB Hospital’s Medical Director to terminate the services of a senior resident doctor from the neurosurgery department in connection with the death of a sexual assault accused, who, after sustaining injuries following an escape bid from a police van, was refused treatment by four different hospitals.
The show cause notice, a copy of which has been seen by The Indian Express, has also asked Dr Asmita M Rathore, Medical Director at GTB Hospital, to explain the reason for the said “lapse on her part” within three days of receipt of the notice.
On January 2, after being picked up in a sexual assault case from Northeast Delhi, the 47-year-old man was being taken to the police station in a PCR van when he suddenly opened the window and jumped out. He was rushed to hospital after hospital — four in total — but was denied treatment at all of them, allegedly due to lack of facilities.
Initially, police took him to Jag Pravesh Chandra (JPC) Hospital and later to Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital (GTB) in an ambulance. As a CT scan was unavailable at the latter, he could not be admitted there and was referred to Lok Nayak Hospital, police said. “However, because of the unavailability of ICU ventilator beds, he could not be admitted there too,” said DCP (Northeast) Joy Tirkey.
The man was then taken to RML Hospital but authorities allegedly denied him admission. “The man was brought back to JPC Hospital where he was declared dead at 5.45 am. A medical board has been constituted to conduct the post-mortem,” the DCP had said.
According to officials at GTB Hospital, the CT scan machine is non-functional and repairs have been initiated on an urgent basis. “In the meantime, arrangements for an emergency CT scan are in place wherein a team from the Radiology department is sent to Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital,” an official had said.
Meanwhile, GTB Hospital authorities could not be contacted for a comment on the show cause notice.