Medical Negligence
Relatives alleged that the duty doctor spent her time at a private clinic, as a result of which, the baby died in the womb.

The death of a baby triggered protest in the Kandukuru Area Hospital, Prakasam district on Wednesday after the relatives of the baby alleged negligence by the hospital staff and the doctor in particular.

Soon after learning about the incident, Madiga Reservation Porata Samithi (MRPS) leaders staged a protest at the hospital.

According to The Hans India, on Tuesday, Gochipatala Surekha, a resident of Lingamgunta village in Ponnaluru mandal was admitted to Area hospital after she complained of labour pains. However, she was not attended to by the hospital staff and neither was there a duty doctor.

Relatives alleged that when they approached the nurses for help, they responded rudely and remained unconcerned. But later, at around 9 pm, a duty doctor Sailaja came to the hospital and took the pregnant woman into the operation theatre and said that a surgery should be performed immediately. However, she later disappeared from the hospital, alleged relatives. Post the surgery, the superintendent and chairman of the Hospital Development Committee informed the relatives that the baby had died in the womb.

Infuriated by the gross negligence and the indifferent attitude of the hospital staff, both the relatives and MRPS activists raised slogans against the hospital and staged a dharna in front of the hospital demanding action against the negligent doctor and the nurses.

They alleged that the doctor spent her duty hours in a private clinic and fled from the hospital after finding that the baby was dead.

Expressing regret, the hospital Superintendent Srinivasa Rao assured the agitating relatives that a thorough inquiry would be conducted into the matter.

In a similar incident of alleged negligence of doctors, a baby had died at the Rajamahendravaram GGH in 2017. Relatives alleged that the doctor refused to attend to the patient in time because of which the baby died in the womb.