Maharashtra To Blame Long Weekend In Private Hospitals For Nanded Deaths: Sources

by Aditya Kumar

In a shocking turn of events, the Maharashtra government is reportedly shifting the blame for the recent spate of deaths at a hospital in Nanded to private healthcare units in the area that were closed for an extended weekend. The Nanded hospital made national headlines when it reported 31 deaths in just 72 hours, prompting outrage and demands for answers.

Facing a backlash over the high death count, the government is set to tell the Bombay High Court that private hospitals near the Dr Shankarrao Chavan government medical college and hospital had limited staff due to consecutive holidays. As a result, critical cases, including newborns, were referred to the government hospital, which contributed to the spike in deaths.

According to sources, at least 10 newborns lost their lives at the Nanded hospital due to the lack of facilities and staff in the private healthcare units. The state government is expected to mention this in its affidavit to the court. Medical Education minister Hasan Mashrif confirmed that ten of the deceased newborns had been transferred from private hospitals and were in critical condition upon arrival.

To address the situation, the Maharashtra government has formed a committee to conduct an audit of each death and gather all relevant information to present before the court. Meanwhile, the government has vehemently denied any shortage of medicines or doctors at the Nanded hospital, but ground reports suggest a different story.

Investigations have uncovered unsanitary conditions at the hospital, with pigs wandering around the premises and drains clogged with plastic bottles. Additionally, relatives of deceased patients have revealed that they had to purchase medicines from outside and were not attended to by senior doctors.

In connection with the case, the hospital’s acting dean, Dr SR Wakode, and another doctor have been charged with culpable homicide after a relative of a deceased newborn alleged negligence. The case took a controversial turn when Shiv Sena MP Hemant Patil was accused of forcing the dean to clean a filthy toilet at the hospital. Videos of the incident went viral, leading to Patil being charged with criminal force, defamation, criminal intimidation, and relevant provisions under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

As the blame game continues, it is essential to prioritize a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding the deaths at the Nanded hospital. This tragic incident highlights the pressing need for improvements in healthcare infrastructure, staffing, and oversight, ensuring that such incidents do not occur in the future. The court’s response to the government’s explanation will be closely watched, and the outcome will hopefully shed light on accountability and potential reforms within the healthcare system.

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