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Man shot dead, friend injured after fight between friends

A 30-year-old man was shot dead while his friend was injured after a fight broke out between them and their friends owing to financial disputes in Outer Delhi’s Khanjawala area late on Thursday night. The accused men have been identified and police teams have been formed to nab them.According to the police, the incident took place around 10:30 pm at the residence of a person identified as Kuldeep, who is the friend of the deceased and injured, in Ladpur area. The police were informed about two persons having gunshot wounds being admitted at the Savitri Hospital.When the police reached the hospital, they were informed that one of them was declared dead on arrival, whereas the other was injured.”The deceased was identified as Nitin (30) while the injured as Himanshu (33). The deceased and the accused were known to each other,” said MN Tiwari, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Outer.Kuldeep and Sandeep, both friends of Nitin and Himanshu were sitting at home when another friend Sandeep alias Sonu and Virender also came to his house to enquire about Nitin and Himanshu.”Kuldeep and Sandeep sensing the conflict between friends tried to pacify Sonu and Virender and asked them to go back home and not create an uncomfortable situation since all of them were friends. After this Sonu and Virender left the house,” added Tiwari.Later on, Nitin and Himanshu came to Kuldeep’s house. There is a possibility that Virender knew that Himanshu and Nitin had come to Kuldeep’s house and hence they also reached his residence again after which an altercation took place and they fired at Nitin and Himanshu. The accused persons, Sonu and Virender are absconding.A case under sections of murder, attempt to murder and arms act has been registered at Khanjawala Police Station. Further investigations are underway.

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Kamala Mills fire: Lack of ventilation was primary reason people died, say doctors

The post-mortem report of 14 deaths due to fire at ‘1 Above’ in Kamala Mills, Lower Parel has revealed that people lost their lives due to suffocation. Doctors in KEM Hospital stated that due to lack of ventilation 14 people lost their lives. All of them were found inside the toilet and were unconscious when rescued by the fire brigade authority.“The people who died tried to save themselves from the fire by hiding in the toilet but faced suffocation due to a mixture of chemical gases. While bodies were handed over to the family members after post-mortem, blood samples were preserved for further chemical analysis. Primarily, blood samples from all the deceased were seen of cherry red color which indicates mixture of carbon monoxide combined with haemoglobin. All died due to asphyxiation, none of them have died in flames but due to fumes. A proper evacuation plan could have avoided this,” Dr Harish Pathak, head of the forensic department, KEM Hospital.Dr Rajesh Dere who performed post-mortem at KEM Hospital said, “there are hardly any burn marks on the deceased people’s body. These people would have locked themselves with an aim to saves their lives and escape a fire.”Besides KEM Hospital, injured were also shifted to other hospitals such as Masina hospital, Breach Candy hospital, Hinduja hospital, Bhatia Hospital and civic-run Sion hospital. While the majority of the injured were discharged from all the hospital, 14 injured are taking treatment at Bhatia Hospital.“Three people have been admitted to the burns unit with 15 to 30 per cent burn injuries of which two are in critical condition. The patients are showing improvement. Other 11 patients are in stable condition and will be discharged within three days,” said a spokesperson from Bhatia Hospital.”

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Walk the toilet talk, say Dawoodi Bohra community

Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, the spiritual head of Dawoodi Bohra community had recently preached to its members that toilet seats in their bathrooms be changed from Western to Indian. Following this, messages have gone viral among the members of the community that the Saifee Hospital, which is owned by Aqa Maula and Kothar, itself has not walked the talk.”They should also practice what they preach. They have asked us to implement but they are not doing the same,” said a member of the Dawoodi Bohra community requesting anonymity, fearing that they might be boycotted.”The ‘toilet brigade’ comes in groups of four to five and bullies us. They ask if we have changed or not. If people do not allow them to inspect, we get calls later in which we are told that saying “no” to them is like “saying no to Syedna,” said a community member who had four people visiting his home. They took down details of each family member and their occupation.Another video message shows Syedna’s men breaking Western toilets with a hammer. “They are religious leaders and should stick to religious values and not interfere in our personal lives,” said another community member.A spokesperson from Dawoodi Bohra community said, “Using western toilets is alien to our culture. Additionally, it is an accepted fact that using Indian toilets has certain proven medical benefits and advantages over using Western toilets. It is all part of the much wider ongoing upliftment and awareness drive. The volunteers visiting houses for the Upliftment programme are facilitating families that want to shift from western to Indian style toilets. No one is forced to change, let alone a person who needs to use a Western toilet due to any medical condition. Also, the services of Saifee Hospital reach out to all members of society, hence the question of changing to Indian style toilet does not arise.”

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Max Hospital in soup again, kin say stents put in patient without permission

The family of a 58-year-old heart patient, who died in the Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh, on December 25, has accused the hospital of negligence, a charge that the upscale facility has denied. The family said they will approach Union health minister JP Nadda on Thursday.Earlier on December 8, the Delhi government had cancelled the hospital branch’s license in another case of negligence. The services, however, resumed 10 days later, after the Finance Commissioner stayed the state government’s order.”We will try to reach out to health minister J P Nadda and the chief medical officer of Delhi on Thursday. We want justice. My father was on his feet when he visited the hospital on December 25. He was sweating, so they took him to the emergency ward and an ECG test was conducted. The test revealed that he had blockage in his arteries,” said Sarika, 35, daughter of the deceased Kamlesh Chander.According to the family, the doctors inserted a stent in Chander’s body without informing them. They also said that a senior doctor was supposed to operate upon him but instead a junior doctor performed the surgery.”Even as we were discussing the matter, they came and informed us that stents have been put in his body. They did that without even asking us. Also, the doctor under whose supervision my father was admitted was on leave. A few hours later, my father died. This is fraud and negligence. We demand justice. We are waiting for the autopsy and after that we will organise the funeral,” she said.The family further stated that the hospital gave them a bill of Rs 3 lakh. A police officer said inquest proceedings under section 174 of the CrPC has been initiated,The hospital, however, denied the allegations. “The patient was brought to the emergency (ward) in the afternoon of December 25, complaining of chest pain and breathlessness. There was blockage in three major arteries. The patient was 58 years old and had a history of diabetes, hypertension, and smoking,” the hospital said in its statement. It added: “The family was counselled by Dr Devendra Agarwal, who is a senior consultant and a well-qualified interventional cardiologist. The family was informed that Dr Navin Bhamri was on a leave. The family was fully informed about the diagnosis, the patient’s condition, and the treatment plan at various stages. The documents were signed by the family. Only one stent was used in the angioplasty procedure.”IN THE PAST7-year-old Adya Singh dies of dengue, hospital bills family Rs 16 lakh. On November 20, reacting to a tweet by the child’s uncle, Union Health Minister JP Nadda asked for details and said necessary action will be taken against the hospital.

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Talkathon on doctors’ strike continues

Plight of hapless patients extend for another day as government doctors spent Tuesday in talks. Three ministers of the government and several rounds of talks could not convince the agitating doctors till late evening. The talks are scheduled to be resumed at Zanana Hospital at 11am on Wednesday.Meanwhile earlier the government declared a deadline for doctors to join duty by Tuesday midnight though showed signs of avoiding arrest for some more time as talks apparently were heading towards consensus. However, the issue of withdrawal of transfer orders of doctor leaders remains an issue of contention. “I request all doctors to finish the strike and resume their duties as soon as possible. This is to ensure that patients are not affected by the issue. I also urge them to leave the decision on chief minister Vasundhara Raje, and I request the government to give back the assignments and duties to the doctors,” Kilak told media.Even as some doctors evading the association call responded on duty during the day, many continued with the strike. Earlier in the day, the first meeting took place early in the morning at PWD minister, Yunus Khan’s residence. This was followed by a second round of meeting which involved BJP state president Ashok Parnami, Rajasthan health minister Kali Charan Saraf, in addition to Khan.The third round took place late in the evening at state minister Ajay Kilak’s residence. This meeting was attended by Medical state minister, Banshidhar Bajiya, Saraf, Khan, and Dr Lakshman Ola, vice-president, All Rajasthan in Service Doctor Association. The final meeting happened at Parnami’s residence.Ola confirmed resuming of services on Wednesday, if the government promises no arrests. Parnami also agreed for reconciliation and assured complete cooperation towards the doctors.Notably, Rajasthan high court, on Monday, had given orders which allowed the state government to take decisions as it deems fit, in case the doctors do not show up for duties in next 24hrs.According to officials from the health department, there are about 7,000 doctors providing services in the state. Out of these, about 2,000 were already on duties, irrespective of strike, and abut 1,500 are expected to join by Wednesday morning.

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Meerut shocker: Ambulance used to ferry alcohol, belly dancers for state-run medical college’s alumni meet

In a shocking incident, ambulances were used to ferry liquor bottles and Russian belly dancers at a doctors’ alumni meet at Lala Lajpat Rai Medical College in Meerut. A department inquiry has been ordered by the red-faced principal after the news broke out.The incident came to light on Christmas Day, which also happened to be the silver jubilee function organised by the old school association which saw several eminent doctors from the 1992 batch in attendance at the college premises, reported The Times of India.“I got to know that Russian Belly dancers were called and liquor was stored in an ambulance van, it is absolutely wrong, it should not have happened at a state run medical college. Inquiry has been ordered into the incident,” said Rajkumar, CMO, Meerut.This is not the first incident of a state-run medical college landing in trouble in Uttar Pradesh. In August this year, the Baba Raghav Das Medical College and Hospital was in the centre of news after a number of infants died due to lack of oxygen supply in the hospital premises. Most of the infants admitted were victims of encephalitis, a disease that has plagued Uttar Pradesh for over two decades.

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RR Dental Hospital a beacon of hope for soldiers

Naik Sushil Sharma had lost all hope after he was hit on the ear by a bullet at Tangdhar in Jammu and Kashmir during a militant attack in 2012. The bullet entered his ear and came out of his mouth leaving his jaws damaged. Sharma’s facial organs, including eyes, were also affected and he could not talk also. But the impossible was made possible at the Army Dental Centre (R & R) in Delhi, equipped in handling such cases, to perform a set of surgeries that got Sharma talking and look normal again.”We were three people at the raid post on that dreaded night when we were attacked. I lost two of my brothers and could not even move my face. I lost hope that I would ever speak again,” says Sharma, in a telephonic conversation with DNA, recalling the night.”It has been five years. Though the treatment is still on as the bullet affected many other organs, I have so much confidence in our Army doctors now. They left no stone unturned to help me speak/hear and look the same again,” he added.The Army Dental Hospital with various departments, including Periodontology, Prosthodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial, and all the latest equipment, including a recent’hard and soft tissue laser’from Israel, has expertise in handling cases direct from the conflict zones, where patients come with all kinds of deformities. The 35 specialised dental officers and another 20 postgraduate trainees are experts in handling such cases which require both – a doctor’s expertise and an officer’s training.”Naik Sharma had come here with an open oral and nasal communication (broken upper palate) and required many surgeries from Maxillofacial surgery, where a remnant portion of the bones was restored, followed by grafting and reconstructive surgery. Vestibular depth was extended to further go for titanium implants in the bone and give a fixed implant-supported prosthesis,” informs Brigadier Subrata Roy, Commandant, Army Dental Centre (Research & Referral).”We are one of the very few who do Periodontal Microsurgery in India,” he adds.The hospital with all its facilities has a daily footfall of over 400 patients, which include serving soldiers, their dependents, and veterans. By the end of this year, this will be the first hospital to go paperless where a patient management software has been designed and data archival is also taking place. This new software, TASKA will have all the details and past records of patients.Apart from taking care of Army smiles, dental records have other importance in the Armed Forces.”DNA analysis, in case of a mass disaster, is very expensive. Identification in such cases is best done by dental records. We keep a dental record of every soldier and it has been helpful in the past where bodies have been completely charred,” adds Roy.EXPERTISEThe Army Dental Hospital with various departments, including Periodontology, Prosthodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial, and all the latest equipment, including a recent ‘hard and soft tissue laser’ from Israel, has expertise in handling cases direct from the conflict zones, where patients come with all kinds of deformities

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Max twins case: DMC issues notice to 9 docs, 2 nurses

The Delhi Medical Council (DMC) has issued notices to nine doctors and two nurses of Max Hospital, located in northwest Delhi’s Shalimar Bagh, for alleged negligence on their part in the recent case of a newborn who was declared dead by the hospital, but found alive while on the way to the funeral.The Council has sought a response regarding the qualifications and other details of the registration of the Delhi Nursing Council.”You may submit your statement of defence together with any other documents in support of your defence, within 15 days from the date of this notice to this office. You are directed to submit a copy of your qualification and Delhi Nursing Council registration details,” the notice said.The DMC which issued the notice on December 20 is seeking a response within 15 days.”The notice has been sent to nine doctors and two nurses through the medical superintendent of the hospital. This time responses have been sought from these individuals,” a senior DMC official said.The Council also said that it is examining the case of alleged negligence. “The Council has taken suo motu cognisance of media reports, alleging medical negligence on the part of the doctors at Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh,” it stated.The case had evoked a massive public outcry after which the Delhi government had resorted to canceling the hospital’s license. The family of the twins sat on protest for days outside the medical facility.”Take notice that in default of your failing to submit your statement of defence within the stipulated time, it shall be presumed that you have nothing to say in the matter and the Delhi Medical Council shall be free to initiate appropriate action,” the notice said.Meanwhile, a Delhi court in which a petition was filed in the case had asked the police to file a progress report by January 8, 2018.THE CASEOn November 30, a 22-week pregnant woman gave birth to twins, of which the girl was a still-born. The hospital handed over the bodies of the twins to the family in plastic bags, to be taken for burial. Six hours later, the parents realised that one of the babies was squirming in its package.

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Fire breaks out at Preet Vihar hosp, 80 patients evacuated

More than 80 patients had to be evacuated when a major fire broke out at Metro Cancer and Heart institute in east Delhi’s Preet Vihar on Saturday evening. The fire led to a stampede-like situation during peak hours; however, no casualties were reported, officials said.According to senior officials of Delhi Fire Services, it was around 3:20 pm when the fire broke out, sparking panic among the patients and hospital authorities. Twelve fire tenders with Bronto Skylift were rushed to the spot to rescue the patients and workers trapped in the multi-storied building.”The fire had sparked from the second floor. Our teams rushed in immediately and 54 patients had to be rescued. Many of them were bed-ridden and stretchers were used to move them out of the building. Entire building was smoke logged and search for those trapped continued for long, however, the fire had successfully been contained by 4.50 pm,” said Atul Garg, chief fire officer, Delhi Fire Services.Garg further said, out of total 54 patients rescued by the fire fighters, four were brought down from second floor by ladder, while 3 of them had to be transported through Bronto skylift. Rest of the hospital staff and patients rushed down on their own. No casualties was reported till late Saturday evening, however, search was on till late, he added.As soon as the fire was reported, local police also rushed to the spot. Apart from fire tenders, 15 CATS ambulances, 15 Metro Hospital ambulances, one QRT from fire department, one traffic staff recovery van and one QRT from the Delhi Disaster Management Authority had also reached the spot to carry out rescue and transfer of patients.Police said, in all 84 patients were evacuated and were shifted to the Noida branch of Metro Hospital in Sector 11. DCP east Delhi, Ombir Singh Vishnoi, and Kulanand Joshi, DC (East) were also on the spot to supervise the rescue operations.THE INCIDENTAround 3:20 pm when the fire broke out, sparking panic among the patients and hospital authorities. Twelve fire tenders with Bronto Skylift were rushed to the spot.

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Watch: Patients evacuated as major fire breaks out in East Delhi hospital

A major fire today broke out at a hospital in east Delhi’s Preet Vihar and 84 patients were evacuated from the building, officials said.Some patients suffered minor injuries in the rescue operation in the fire that broke out on the second floor of the Metro Hospital and Cancer Institute, they said. The fire started in an air conditioning vent and then spread to other floors, a senior police officer said. A senior officer from the Delhi Fire Services said a call was received at 3.20 PM alerting them about the blaze, which intensified in the next 20 minutes. Twelve fire tenders were rushed to the spot, he said.”But it was controlled by 4.15 PM and completely doused by 4.50 PM,” the official added. Police said that the 84 patients were safely evacuated from the hospital and shifted to its Noida branch. The cooling operation was underway, the police said, adding that some patients suffered minor injuries in the episode.

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Bhopal gangrape case: Fast-track court gives life sentence to all four accused

A fast-track court on Saturday awarded life imprisonment to all the four accused in Bhopal gangrape case.”Based on the evidence provided by us, the court awarded all the four accused lifetime imprisonment,”P N Rajput, the lawyer of the victim said. Meanwhile, the mother of the victim expressed satisfaction with the court’s verdict. Earlier in the month of November, a 19-year-old civil services aspirant was allegedly abducted by the four accused and gangraped near the Habibganj Railway Station in Bhopal. Following their arrest, two doctors of Madhya Pradesh’s Sultania Women Hospital were suspended on November 11 after they produced an erroneous medical report stating that the victim indulged in consensual sex with the accused.The four were charged under sections 376 D (gangrape), 394 (voluntarily causing hurt in committing robbery), 366 (kidnapping woman), 347 (wrongful confinement), 342 (punishment for wrongful confinement) and 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The Jabalpur High Court then ordered the state government to file a report in the case citing actions taken in this regard. The court also raised questions over the role of police and doctors

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Mumbai: Fire in under construction building in Saat Rasta

A major fire broke out at an under construction building near Kasturba Hospital along Saat Rashta in Mahalaxmi on Friday night. The fire was reported around 9.50pm and it was brought under control within an hour.According to an official from the Mumbai Fire Brigade, timely action by fire department prevented the fire from spreading in nearby locality. A total 8 fire engines and 4 water tankers were pressed into service. “The fire has been doused and now the cooling process is going on,” said an official from the Fire Brigade. He added that no one received major burn injuries except some minor scratches on peple when they were coming out in hurry from the building. The exact cause of the fire is not known. However, the fire department suspects that busting crackers might have caused the fire as people had heard fire crackers sound. “There was wooden construction materials and tarpaulins that immediately caught fire,” added the official.

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Maharashtra: 34 fall ill after couple distributes sweets in temple

In a suspected case of food poisoning, around 34 people fell ill after consuming pedhas (sweets) distributed at Katkaripada hamlet in Murbad tehsil in the district, police said on Friday.The incident took place last evening and the affected villagers were rushed to the Central Hospital in Ulhasnagar, the rural police said.Those affected include 13 minors and eight women, police said adding that around eight people have been discharged so far.”A couple from Pimpri Chinchwad had visited Mahadev temple at Sangam river in the taluka on Thursday. After performing a puja, they distributed pedhas to the residents of Katkaripada hamlet located nearby,” PI Ajay Wasave of Murbad police station said.Soon after consuming the sweets, the villagers complained of giddiness, nausea and started vomiting. They were rushed to the hospital by local residents, he said.”Out of the 34 affected villagers, eight persons were discharged this noon. The rest are still being treated and kept under observation at the hospital,” Wasave added.Police said that they are on the lookout for the couple, who distributed the sweets.Samples of the sweets have been collected and sent for analysis, police said.

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Hyderabad horror: Stalker sets woman on fire in full public view, victim succumb to injuries

A 25-year-old woman, who was allegedly set ablaze on Thursday evening in full public view in Secunderabad by a man, succumbed to her burns this morning, police said.She died around 7.30 am while undergoing treatment at Gandhi Hospital in Secunderabad, Deputy Commissioner of Police (north zone) B Sumathi said.The woman worked as a receptionist at an aluminium fabrication unit, the police said.The preliminary investigation say, the 28-year-old accused called the victim to Lalaguda area, located about 10 km from Hyderabad.After she reached the spot, the man suddenly poured kerosene on her and set her on fire before fleeing, a police official yesterday said.Hearing her cries, some passersby rushed to her aid and put out the fire.The woman, who suffered 60 per cent burns, was then shifted to the hospital.”She passed away this morning. We are now altering the case sections also,” Sumathi said.The police had yesterday registered a case under Indian Penal Code section 307 (attempt to murder).A police official earlier said the man was stalking the woman and was harassing her.However, the woman never told her family members about the man or the harassment, the official said.The police neither disclosed any details about the man nor confirmed if he was taken into custody.

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Suhaib Ilyasi kept trying to explain away wife’s murder as suicide

Celebrity husband, strained relations with the wife followed by her murder are all elements of a Bollywood thriller. But this plot was very much true to real life, and more particularly the life of TV serial producer and anchor Suhaib Ilyasi.Ilyasi, who shot to fame from the crime drama show India’s Most Wanted, had murdered his wife at their east Delhi residence in 2000 and tried to cover it up as a suicide . The theories he put forth could have been taken from the many real life crime stories on his show.However, the court found several loopholes in the suicide theory given by Ilyasi thereby convicting him and sentencing him to life imprisonment on Wednesday.After the judgment was announced the TV anchor shouted “Injustice” in the courtroom.According to the theory given by Ilyasi, he had an altercation with his wife Anju on the day of the incident following which she took out a revolver and threatened to kill herself. But Suhaib snatched it and threw it on the bed.He then claimed Anju rushed to the kitchen and brought out a knife and stabbed herself. The court however was unimpressed and stated that if Ilyasi had snatched away the revolver then why had he offered no resistance when she was stabbing herself.”If accused could have snatched the revolver from the hand of deceased, he could have also snatched the knife, which was brought by deceased from the kitchen. During inquest proceedings, the revolver was found on the shelf,” the court said.Ilyasi also claimed that the suicide bid had come after a quarrel. But the court kept in mind the evidence of two barbers who had come to the house of the convict to cut his hair. The barbers stated that they did not hear any noise or sounds of fighting between the couple.The court also found that Ilyasi tried to hide his wife’s critical injury when she was taken to Virmani Hospital. It said the accused did not tell the doctor about the injury on the abdomen and just said “isne kuch kha liya hai” (she has eaten something)”In his statement he had said that there was a white mark on the abdomen, there was no blood. However there were blood spots at different places inside the house, which Ilyasi stated was ‘menstrual blood’ but the forensic report contradicted this.”The accused had given a statement to an officer as being a complainant, that the blood did not come out of the wound and instead a white liquid was seen. However, when the officer reached there, he saw the blood on the abdomen of the deceased, whereafter, he tied an old vest on her wound,” the court said.The judge held that no logical explanation was offered by the accused as to why he did not inform the doctor as to the exact facts regarding her injuries.”As per medical evidence, there are two stab wounds on the abdomen of deceased. Why did the accused not stop the deceased from stabbing herself before giving the first blow and even thereafter, when she gave the second blow, are the further questions, which were required to be answered in clear terms, however, no explanation regarding this has ever been offered by the accused,” the court said.TIMELINEJanuary 10, 2000: Anju Ilyasi was found dead at their East Delhi residence with multiple stab wounds and was rushed to a Virmani Hospital and then to AIIMS with stab wounds. She was declared dead on arrival. The couple had allegedly fought before her death.Anju’s autopsy report, however, couldn’t establish if it was a suicide or murder. Her death was treated as a suicide.March 2000: Anju’s sister Rashmi Singh and her mother Rukma accused Ilyasi of torturing Anju for dowry and also filed an FIR against him. Her sister and mother allegedly told the investigators that Anju was driven to suicide by her husband.2003 Trial court frames charges under Section 498A and 304 against Ilyasi.May 2003 Trial began.Ilyasi was also arrested for dowry harassment but he vehemently denied these charges at the time.Later, Rukma moved an application in the trial court seeking inclusion of murder charges against Suhaib but it was dismissed in 2011. She then moved the high court, which ordered framing of murder charges against Suhaib in August 2014.Dec 16: Ilyasi was was convicted for murdering his wife.Dec 20: He was sentenced to life imprisonment

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Disclose hospital fees upfront: Bombay High Court

The Bombay High Court on Wednesday suggested to private hospitals that they discuss a patient’s financial condition during the admission process and make him or her aware of the estimated cost of the treatment. This will avoid any payment discrepancies or complications later. This would not be applicable to emergency cases.A division bench of Justices Naresh Patil and N W Sambre said, “This is a sensitive issue, but some remedy has to come out. If this method is adopted, then a filter can be put in place in the initial stage only. This way, both (patient and the hospital) will benefit; and also, the bond between a patient-doctor will not break.”The court has also suggested that the Association of Hospitals and Medical Insurance companies to come out with new policies to suit patients. “Like we take travel insurance for a month or 15-days, why can’t insurance be provided to patients when (s)he enters the hospital, taking into consideration the kind of illness. This would comfort the patient.”Advocate Mankuwar Deshmukh, appearing for the State, argued that a draft policy has been formulated by the government and is yet to be finalized.To which the court replied, “All stake-holders should come to a consensus and then only proceed.” The court has now asked the director of Health Services to file a reply by next month as to what steps it plans to take to regulate hospital treatment charges.The suggestion came while the court was hearing a public interest litigation filed challenging the purported practice of detainment of patients by hospitals for recovery of dues.A Kurla resident, 54-year-old Trevor Britto, alleged that Prachin Healthcare Multi-specialty Hospital at Panvel refused to discharge his injured bus driver, Chandrakant Pawar. Another petition is filed by a Santacruz-resident alleged that Seven Hills Hospital at Marol had refused to discharge his brother for not paying disputed dues of Rs 1.80 lakh. Both the hospitals have refuted the allegations.Court suggestsMedical insurance companies invent new short-term policies to suit patients The pre-discussion of treatment fees would not be applicable to emergency cases

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Doc of private hospital misappropriates funds, held

The Bhoiwada police have registered a cheating case against a doctor of a private hospital and two others for allegedly misappropriating funds related to providing security guards to Tata Memorial Hospital at Parel.According to the police, a firm of three partners called Rapid Guard Security Force had bagged the contract for providing security to Tata Memorial Hospital through connivance with the doctor working in the said hospital.The police alleged that the doctor had taken money from the partners for giving them the contract, however, later two of the three partners with the help of doctor duped the third partner, who was also the investor in the said firm.The complainant in the case, Qaisar Khan had invested in the firm and had signed partnership deal with the two accused. However, later the doctor started transferring payments to the different bank account instead of the partnership bank account to cheat Khan.After the accused persons did not give Khan his share, he approached the police. “We have registered a case of cheating against the doctor and other two partners of Khan. The doctor was asked to resign from the job by the hospital authorities after he was found giving illegitimate favors for allotting contract to the security agency. The alleged scam is between Rs 75 lakhs to Rs 1 crore,” said a senior police officer.Swami Mhatre, spokesperson of Tata Memorial Hospital, refused to comment when contacted.

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15 BSF jawans injured in road mishap

At least 15 BSF jawans were injured when a van carrying them turned turtle near Laxmipur in Koraput district on Wednesday, police said.The injured jawans were rushed to Sahid Laxman Nayak Medical College and Hospital at Koraput and four of them who received severe injury were shifted to Vishakapatam for higher treatment, they said.”All the injured jawans are out of danger but not to take any chance the four jawans were air-lifted to a hospital in Vishakapatnam,” said Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO), Laxmipur, Hemant Kumar Padhi.The incident took place about five kilometre from Laxmipur on Laxmipur-Rayagada road while the jawans were returning to their camp based at Laxmipur after completing a night operation in the area.The vehicle skidded off the road and fell into a gorge, Padhi said.

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Max Hospital resumes operations today after ‘stay’ on licence cancellation order

Max Healthcare claimed its hospital in Shalimar Bagh in the city has resumed operations from Wednesday after an “appropriate” authority “stayed” its licence cancellation, though the appellate body did not confirm it.A week ago, the hospital group had filed an appeal in the the Court of the Financial Commissioner against the cancellation of the licence of its hospital in north-west Delhi by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) of the city government.Max Healthcare in a statement issued on Wednesday claimed, “Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh has resumed its operations from today, following a stay order issued by the appropriate appellate authority to whom an appeal was made.”However, an official from the Court of the Financial Commissioner, when contacted, did not share the copy of the stay order, saying, it can only be issued to the parties concerned.Max Healthcare authorities, when contacted also declined to share a copy of the stay order.”We are fully focused on providing quality care to all our patients and honouring our commitment of ensuring free treatment to the economically weaker sections of the society,” the private hospital group further said in its statement.The Financial Commissioner is a statutory post and the incumbent exercises the powers of the Lt Governor or Chief Commissioner, delegated under various statutes, according to details on the website of the Financial Commissioner.The DGHS of the Delhi government’s health department had cancelled licence of the hospital for multiple instances of alleged medical negligence, including a case in which one of the twins was found alive after being declared dead by the facility.The licence cancellation case pertains to the premature twins, one of whom was wrongly declared dead on November 30 at the hospital where he was born, and who died during treatment at a nursing home in Pitampura a week later.Both the babies were declared stillborn by the hospital and handed over to the family allegedly in a polythene bag. But to their utter horror, they found that the boy was still alive, while they were on way to do their final rites.

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Hyderabad shocker: Woman’s body found chewed up by rats in Osmania Hospital morgue

In a shocking incident that once again highlights the callousness of hospitals, the body of a 21-year-old woman that was stored inside a mortuary of Osmania General Hospital was found allegedly chewed by rats.However, the hospital superintendent has played down the incident saying someone forgot to shut the door properly while preserving the body. “I went to forensic dept & found that all freezers are working in good conditions, no holes for rats to enter. Maybe they didn’t properly close door while putting body in. It doesn’t occur frequently. We are conducting departmental inquiry,” said DR. B Narendher, hospital superintendent.Hospital callousness has been a concern across the country. Only recently, Max Hospital in the national capital was in the news for wrongly declaring a baby dead. The doctor in that case was suspended, and the hospital subsequently lost its licence. However, 10 days later, the hospital resumed services, after presenting its case to the finance commissioner. “The operation of impugned order is stayed till the next hearing,” says the order by Finance Commissioner. The next hearing is on January 9.A preliminary report submitted by a panel of doctors to the Delhi government had found the hospital guilty of not having followed the prescribed medical norms in dealing with a pair of newborn twins.“Max Hospital Shalimar Bagh has resumed its operations from today, following a stay order issued by the appropriate Appellate authority to whom an appeal was made. We are fully focussed on providing quality care to all our patients and honouring our commitment of ensuring free treatment to the economically weaker sections of the society,” the hospital said in its statement on Wednesday morning.However, Delhi government is still waiting for the order to examine the further course of action.“We were present in the hearing and the commissioner had not given any relief to the hospital. We are checking with our legal team,” said Dr Kirti Bhushan, director general of health services, Delhi government.The three-member panel had submitted the report after scrutinising hospital records and meeting with the staff concerned. After the infant’s death, investigation into the alleged medical negligence case was transferred from the northwest district police to the Crime Branch.

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No relief for Max hospital yet, matter further shifted for hearing on January 9

The commissioner has not given any relief to the hospital so far, hence the hospital’s services will remain disrupted until further orders.“The commissioner heard the arguments made by the hospital and the government. After hearing both the version, the matter has been again listed for January 9. The final decision will be taken on the same day only,” Dr Kirti Bhushan, director general of health services (DGHS), Delhi government, who was present in the hearing.The Delhi government on December 8 had cancelled the license of the hospital’s branch in Shalimar Bagh for wrongly declaring a baby dead.A preliminary report submitted by a panel of doctors to the Delhi government had found the hospital guilty of not having followed the prescribed medical norms in dealing with a pair of newborn twins.The three-member panel had submitted the report after scrutinising hospital records and meeting with the staff concerned.After the infant’s death, investigation into the alleged medical negligence case was transferred from the northwest district police to the Crime Branch.The authorities had then approached the Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal to look into the cancellation order.“Following the due process of law, we have filed an appeal with the appropriate authority against cancellation of registration of Max Hospital Shalimar Bagh. Earlier, we had also requested Delhi Government to review their decision and restore the registration. This decision has caused significant inconvenience to thousands of patients and local residents and this is further compounded by unavailability of suitable alternatives for their medical needs in the vicinity,” the hospital had said in its statement.The Finance Commissioner is a statutory post and the incumbent on this post exercises the powers of the Lieutenant Governor/ Chief Commissioner, delegated under various statues.The commissioner has been delegated powers to act in a quasi-judicial capacity. The commissioner hears revision petitions/appeals against orders passed by competent authority under various acts including Delhi Nursing Home Registration Act, 1953.Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh on a monthly basis treats around 14,000 patients in the OPD, attends to over 1,600 emergency patients and additional 3,000 are treated in inpatient wards.

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Rajasthan government, doctors remain adamant as patients suffer

As the second phase of in-service doctors’ agitation entered the fourth day on Tuesday, the situation turned worst. Amid the crippled health facilities across the state, the government remained firm on its stand to not to initiate negotiations with agitating doctors. The SMS medical college administration warned the resident doctors of suspension. Issuing a warning to all resident doctors, SMS Medical College principal and controller Dr US Agrawal, asked resident doctors to resume their duties by Wednesday otherwise they will be suspended.On the other hand, Federation of Resident Doctors’ Association (FORDA) India has extended its support to in-service doctors’ agitation, condemned the arrests made by Rajasthan government and asked the central government to intervene. In a written statement FORDA, India has said that the resident doctors across the country will be forced to take action in the support of protesting in-service doctors of Rajasthan.Meanwhile, on the fourth day of the strike, health facilities remained crippled at the government hospitals across the state. As the doctors along with resident doctors remained absent from their duties, the patients continued to suffer.At the SMS Hospital a few patients were seen. On Tuesday, the number of OPD patients dipped to the half, compared to any normal day. However, SMS Medical College principal gave the responsibility of different hospitals to all the heads of department and senior doctors to attend to the patients but these alternative arrangements proved insufficient. The strike has left the patients in a lurch as they have to wander from pillar to post for treatment. Patients from the weaker section are forced to go to private clinics and hospitals.The situation at Jaipuria, Kanwatiya, and satellite hospitals were better as most of the government doctors at these hospitals did not join the strike. But these hospitals have to face increased patient load.Meanwhile, government again claimed that the situation with alternative arrangements was normal and refused to talk with striking doctors. Health Minister Kalicharan Saraf on Tuesday said that government has fulfilled most of the demands as per the agreement done in last month and execution of others is in progress. He appealed to the agitating doctors to resume on duties. Doctors leading the agitation remained underground, keeping their phones switched off.

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Wadia hospital raises funds to save ‘little hearts’

Seven-month-old Mahalaxmi Thevar from Tamil Nadu can now lead a healthy life. Thevar was diagnosed with a cardiac disease within a few weeks of birth. Her parents were referred to Bai Jerbai Wadia Hospital for bidirectional Glenn procedure to improve her heart function.Just like Thevar’s operation, the hospital took charge of heart operations of other children from underprivileged backgrounds by organising a marathon — Little Hearts Marathon — and raising funds. Most of these operations cost over Rs 2 lakhs, which are not affordable.Last year, the hospital organised a similar marathon, raised funds and conducted 200 surgeries of children suffering from congenital heart disease.Minnie Bodhanwala, CEO Wadia Hospitals, said “The aim of the marathon is to ‘Save hearts, Save Lives’. This year, they aim to help more than 500 children, almost 50 patients are in the fray at Wadia Hospital to receive treatment. Approximately 100,000 babies are born each year with major and critical congenital heart disease in India.Mahalaxmi’s mother, Sabari, said, “Our family income is Rs 7,000 a month. We are not financially stable to pay the entire operation cost. Two months back my daughter underwent a successful surgery. While it was free for us, the amount of her surgery was raised through the marathon fund.”Dr Biswas Panda, children heart surgeon, said, “There is lack of awareness as well as detection facilities.WORTH THE EFFORTLast year, the hospital organised a similar marathon, raised funds and conducted 200 surgeries of children suffering from congenital heart disease. Most of these operations cost over Rs 2 lakhs.

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Doctors strike: Health system crippled, patients left in lurch

The ongoing agitation of government doctors became serious on Monday as resident doctors joined the strike and boycott the work. The move resulted into crippled health services at the medical colleges associated hospitals also. Medical services were already affected at district hospitals including CHCs and PHCs as doctors, associated to All Rajasthan In Service Doctors Association (ARISDA) had gone on indefinite strike since Saturday.JAIPUR PICTUREIn the SMS hospital, the largest government health facility in the state, around 900 residents doctors and 100 senior resident doctors started work boycott on Monday. This reflected into number of patients in OPD and IPD as well. On Monday 8,246 patients were registered in OPD which is around 10,000 in any normal day. Considering the threat of work boycott from residents, in the morning SMS medical college principal, Dr US Agrawal held a meeting for alternative measures, but these measures proved insufficient.JODHPUR SCENEAfter the arrest of doctors on the health centers of the villages, in-service doctors at many places are not coming to work from the past few days. The highest impact of the strike is being seen at the primary health centers of the villages. Due to the strike of in-service doctors, The medical arrangements are getting worse at 85 Primary Health Centers, 25 Community Health Centers and 30 Urban Primary Health Centers.The arrangements have started to deteriorate due to the strike of resident doctors in Dr SN Medical College affiliated Mathuradas Mathur Hospital, Mahatma Gandhi Hospital and Umaid Hospital. in this episode of the movement, They went on strike on Monday.The arrest of the doctors here also continued on Monday. Three doctors have been arrested in Jodhpur division. For this reason, most of the in-service doctors have gone underground. Dr Balwant Mund, District President of the in-service doctors Association Jodhpur has gone underground after switching off his phone.During the strike, the services of the doctors of the Railways, AIIMS, Army and BSF related to the Central Government medical services are being taken in Jodhpur. MGH Superintendent Dr PB Vyas, MDMH Superintendent Dr. Shatansingh Rathore, and Umaid Hospital Superintendent Dr Ranjana Desai told that all senior doctors have been put on the work. conditions will remain in full control.Villagers in many rural areas of the district, such as Phalodi, had to face many problems. Resident doctors of Dr SN Medical However, all these deaths were during the strike. According to the statistics, 33 deaths in MDMH, 9 in MGH and 13 in Umaid hospital.HIDING DOCTORSMost of the leaders of ARISDA remained underground keeping their phones witched off, to avoid any possible arrest as the government has already extended RESMA. Additional DGP told DNA that till Monday morning 85 doctors were arrested across the state.

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Chennai: Man forgets Audi in parking, takes ambulance to go home

In a bizarre case, a man who arrived at a city hospital in his high-end car, left it there and drove home in an ambulance.Police suspect that he might have mistook the ambulance for his Audi under the influence of alcohol.Narrating the strange sequence of events, the police said a businessman, who is in his thirties, visited the hospital in Thousand Lights area early yesterday to drop his friend who had sustained some injuries.After leaving him, he drove back in a Maruti Omni ambulance.The driver of the ambulance had left the keys in the vehicle, the police said.The businessman realised his mistake only after reaching home in suburban Palavakkam, about 15 km away when members of his family questioned him about his car, they said.The man immediately asked his driver to take the ambulance back.Meanwhile, hospital personnel found that an ambulance was missing and alerted the police.A local patrol team arrived at the hospital and more or less at the same time the businessman’s driver drove in with the missing ambulance.The driver apologised to the hospital authorities and police on his owner’s behalf and explained that the incident was a case of “mistaken identity.”When hospital personnel found that a rear-view mirror of the ambulance was damaged, the driver agreed to compensate them for it.He then drove away in the Audi.The hospital was not sure if the businessman was drunk and decided not to lodge a police complaint.

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Licence cancellation: City govt officials, Max to meet tomorrow

The Delhi government will have its first meeting with the Max hospital authorities on Tuesday, after the hospital’s license was cancelled over medical negligence charges. The hospital authorities had appealed to the government and other authorities on Wednesday to reconsider their decision.The hospital representatives will be making their case to the finance commissioner, who will take a final call regarding the matter. The Department of Finance will submit its recommendation to the Department of Health for further consideration.”The government will once again hear their side of the story. The hospital has approached us and we do not want to do anything against the public. We will strictly monitor the reasons, and if there is any scope, we may reconsider the cancellation order,” a senior Delhi government official said.The Delhi government on Friday cancelled the license of the hospital branch in connection with a case of gross medical negligence. A preliminary report by a panel of doctors to the Delhi government on Tuesday had found the Max guilty of not following norms in dealing with a pair of newborns.The three-member panel had submitted the report after scrutinising hospital records and meeting with the staff concerned. After the infant’s death, investigation into the alleged medical negligence case was transferred from the northwest district police to the Crime Branch.”In compliance of the cancellation order, planned procedures, including 171 chemotherapies, 63 surgeries, and 241 dialysis sessions had to be cancelled, rescheduled or transferred,” the hospital statement read.The Max hospital in Shalimar Bagh, on a monthly basis, attends to nearly 14,000 patients in the OPD, over 1,600 emergency patients, and an additional 3,000 in the inpatient wards.

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Bloody business: Pvt blood banks irk donor

A voluntary blood donor has decided to write a letter against non-government blood banks that force relatives of patients to purchase blood bags from the hospital’s blood banks where the patient is admitted.According to Zahid Khambatti, a voluntary blood donor, relatives of patients are charged extra and forced to purchase blood bags and other blood components from the hospital where the patient is admitted, instead of letting them bring blood bags from outside. Khambatti has discussed the issue with an official from the State Blood Transfusion Council (SBTC).Khambatti said, “Saifee Hospital in Charni Road charged a bypass surgery patient to buy blood bags from the hospital’s blood bank even when the patient was willing to buy the blood bags from outside. When a blood bag is purchased from the hospital where the patient is admitted, he has to shell out more money.” However, Saifee Hospital’s blood transfusion officer (BTO) denied the information. Dr Ainy Choonia said, “We are not forcing anybody to buy from our blood bank. They directly communicate with the consultant about the requirements and it is arranged accordingly.”As per a Right To Information (RTI) reply, 34 non-government blood banks that collect more than 2,000 units of blood have a shortage of BTOs. According to SBTC, every shift requires one BTO and one extra for camps.RTI activist, Chetan Kothari, said, “FDA has taken action against almost all corporation and government blood banks for shortage of staff but are not willing to take action against non-government blood banks. The list of violators includes big hospitals like Lilavati, Jaslok, and Breach Candy hospital.”

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RML resident doctors ‘abused’, threatened by mob after patient’s surgery postponed

Resident doctors of the government-run Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in New Delhi were allegedly abused by relatives of a patient after his scheduled surgery was postponed by the institution at the last minute.The hospital has filed a complaint with the North Avenue police station following the ruckus on Saturday.”An FIR has been lodged and investigations are underway. Nobody has been arrested yet,” a senior police official said.A senior resident doctor said the planned surgery of the patient was postponed as he was stable and another patient, who was in serious condition, had to be operated immediately.The doctor said “we counselled the patient”.”(But) a mob of 20-30 people gathered in the ward and abused the resident doctors present there and they also threatened them. Had the guards and the bouncers not intervened, the doctors would have been badly beaten.”By the time the police reached the hospital, the people gathered there had dispersed.

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‘Turned away’ by hospital, Odisha woman delivers baby near drain

A tribal woman delivered a baby girl near a drain in the premises of a government hospital in Odisha’s Koraput on Friday after she was allegedly refused admission for want of required documents.However, the authorities of Saheed Laxman Nayak Medical College and Hospital (SLNMCH), dismissed the allegation of denial of admission to the woman.After news about the incident spread, the hospital admitted the baby to the special neo-natal care unit (SNCU) and the 30-year-old woman taken care of in the hospital.Doctors at the hospital said the condition of both mother and baby are stable.The woman, a resident of Janiguda village under the Dasmantpur block had came to the hospital on Thursday with her mother and sister to meet her husband Raghu Muduli, who is admitted at the hospital with fever since Wednesday.She developed labour pain and went to the gynaecology ward for admission but the hospital authorities refused to admit her, Gouramani Muduli, mother of the woman alleged.”The medical staff refused to admit my daughter as we had not brought the prescription and required documents. My daughter delivered the child near the drain after she was refused admission,” she alleged.However, the chief district medical officer of Koraput, Lalit Mohan Rath, trashed the charge.”The woman delivered the child while answering natures call. She had not approached any hospital staff either for medical check-up or for admission,” he said.

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Drunken man kills friend by mistake

A 28-year-old salesman at a liquor shop was shot dead by his co-worker who was under the influence of alcohol, in Surajpur area of Greater Noida, late on Thursday night.According to police, the deceased has been identified as Anant Singh, 28, a native of Kaushambi in Allahabad. Singh was consuming alcohol with two of his friends — Parimal Bahadur and Deepak Kumar — outside their shop.”The incident took place around 11 pm when the three were drinking. One of the three salesmen had a country-made pistol with him. All of them started playing with the revolver, pointing it at each other, and asking the other to shoot him for fun. However, Kumar allegedly shot at Singh and he was fatally wounded,”said Amit Kishor Shrivastava, Circle Officer- 1, Greater Noida.Police said, the two men then rushed Singh to a nearby hospital. According to the doctors of the local hospital, Singh had a bullet injury on his left chest and since his case was critical, they referred him to Kailash Hospital. He was declared brought dead there.”The local hospital informed us about the incident and we reached the spot and detained Bahadur and launched a search for Kumar,”said Shrivastava.During investigation, Bahadur revealed that they were all having fun with the country-made pistol that Deepak possessed and under that Singh was shot at by mistake,” Shrivastava said.Later, a search was conducted and Deepak was arrested. Police have detained both of them and are investigating the matter further.

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Complaint of overcharging against Fortis Gurgaon and the Park Hospital

A Gurgaon patient’s family today lodged a complaint of wrong treatment and overcharging against the Fortis Memorial and Research Institute (FMRI) and the Park hospital here, a senior health department official said.Civil Surgeon BK Rajora confirmed the receipt of a complaint against both the hospitals and added that it was being looked into.The complaint filed with Rajora alleged that FMRI charged Bhim Singh (60) Rs 36.68 lakh after he was referred there with abdominal pain due to a stone in his gall bladder by Park hospital.Singh underwent treatment at the FMRI for 42 days, following which he was left bed-ridden. The treatment also affected his intestine and a kidney, the complainant alleged.Singh was initially admitted to Park hospital in Sector 47 here on April 27, 2016, with severe stomach pain. He was then referred to Fortis hospital on May 1, 2016, after his condition deteriorated, his son Jagdish said, adding that doctors found a 14-mm stone in his gall bladder. Jagdish works in the defence sector and he took his father to Park hospital as it was on the panel of insurance.But he was referred to Fortis, which was not on the panel, and hence the family had to bear the entire treatment cost.”My father had been admitted in the hospital for 42 days and the hospital gave us a bill of Rs 36.68 lakh which we paid by selling a piece of land. Despite the costly treatment, my father is still unable to walk,” Jagdish said.Rejecting the allegations, the FMRI, in its statement, said the patient was brought in a critical state and admitted directly to the ICU, where he underwent prolonged treatment for life-threatening complications.”The complications arose due to a faulty procedure performed earlier at a different hospital… which were managed astutely at FMRI,” it added.The patient had since been under regular follow-up of the treating physician at FMRI with the last follow-up being as recent as October 13,2017, it said.”The final billed amount of Rs 23.27 lakh for the patient Bhim Singh, who continues to be under follow-up at the hospital, is not for management of a simple renal stone as is being erroneously reported.”Rather, it is reflective of the effective clinical management of multiple life threating complications which arose due to procedures carried out at another hospital, requiring intensive treatment, surgical and non-surgical procedures, multi-disciplinary involvement and extended ICU stay of 42 days,” the statement added.

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Indian-origin man killed at gunpoint by armed robbers in Ohio

An Indian-origin man has been killed during a robbery by two hooded attackers in Ohio, becoming one of the the latest victims of gun violence in the US.Karunakar Karengle, 53, was working last Monday at the Jiffy Convenience Mart on Camelot Drive when two men came in with a firearm around 10 pm, police said.Fairfield Fire Department first responders arrived and brought Karengle to UC West Chester Hospital.Police said that Karengle died of his injuries on Friday. His identity had been withheld until his family in India was notified, Journal News reported.No arrests have been made, making nearby businesses and employees a bit uneasy.Fairfield police Lt Ken Gerold said they believe Karengle did not have relatives that lived in the area.Also read21-year-old Indian man shot dead in USA description of the suspects was unavailable, police said, except that they both wore hoodies covering most of their faces. One wore a dark jacket while the other wore a light coloured jacket.”I’m sorry that it happened,” Kim Cannon said. Cannon works across the street from Jiffy Mart at Laundry Station.”It scares me even more knowing that the guys, or whoever it was, were parked behind our building and I was working that night and could have walked out.”It was shocking to hear that somebody was actually killed,” Cannon said.The shooting comes amidst growing attacks on Indians and Americans of Indian descent in recent months.Earlier this month, a 30-year-old Indian national pursuing his masters in Chicago has been seriously injured after he was shot in his right cheek by an unidentified assailant.Srinivas Kuchibhotla, a software engineer from India, was fatally shot in Olathe, Kansas, in February by a US navy veteran who had told him and his friend at a bar to go back to their country.Weeks later, a Sikh man was shot in his arm in his driveway in Kent, Washington state, by a masked man who had told him go back to his “own country”.There were 58,491 incidents of gun violence across the country in 2017 in which 14,763 people were killed and 29,888 others injured, according to Gun Violence Archive (GVA), a not for profit corporation providing public access to gun-related violence.

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Mumbai: 20 doctors separate this lucky conjoined twins in 12 hours surgery

For Seetal Zalte and her husband Sagar, the 13 hours they spent outside an operation theatre in city-based BJ Wadia Hospital on Tuesday seemed endless.However, at 5 PM, the agonising wait seemed worthwhile when a doctor broke the news that Love and Prince, over one-year-old conjoined twins of the couple, had been successfully separated by a team of 20 doctors following a complex surgery.Love and Prince now lie in the paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) of the hospital in separate cots.Dr Minnie Bodhanwala, CEO, Wadia Hospitals, said the twins were conjoined at the abdomen and hip and both had a common liver, intestine and urinary bladder.”It was a unique surgery that involved a team of 20 doctors who planned and performed the 12-hour long complex and complicated surgery successfully on December 12,” Dr Bodhanwala told reporters here.The couple first learnt about the anomaly in the 24th week of Seetal’s pregnancy when a scan conducted at Nowrosjee Wadia Maternity Hospital showed that the twins were fused waist down.They were born conjoined with a fused liver, intestine, urinary bladder, and chest bone to Zaltes, residents of suburban Ghatkopar, in September 2016.According to Dr Bodhanwala, the Zaltes were counselled about the medical condition of the conjoined twins, but they decided to go ahead with the delivery.Following the birth of Love and Prince, the doctors decided to wait for at least six months before conducting a surgery to separate them.The boys were fused in such a way that they faced each other. However, they had two individual sets of hands and legs, separate brain, lungs and heart.”Medical staff at the hospital ensured that the parents were counselled about the condition of the twins before delivery and a decision was taken to deliver the twins at Wadia Hospital itself,” Dr Bodhanwala said.Dr Bodhanwala said Love and Prince will be kept under observation for a few days.However, it is a long journey ahead for Love and Prince and their parents.According to Dr Bodhanwala, Love and Prince will have to undergo multiple surgeries to ensure they remain healthy and fit enough to survive.For doctors, the most challenging part of the surgery was to provide skin to cover both the children, she said.Seetal Zalte is obviously exalted though she is aware about the challenges ahead.She recalled that the doctors at Wadia Maternity Hospital had apprised them about the possible outcomes of the surgery.”They told us that separation surgeries are possible and children can go on to live normal lives. The doctors at Wadia hospital explained me every minute detail on the day of the surgery. We did not face any difficulty and have been taking care of them as normal kids,” she said.In June 2014, conjoined twins Riddhi and Siddhi had undergone a separation surgery at the same hospital.

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Plaints on Noida’s stray dog menace fall on deaf ears

While the stray animal menace tops the civic woes of residents across the city, residents of Noida also are no stranger to the problem. In fact, they are now claiming that the number of cases of attacks by dog have gone up and despite repeated complaints, the Noida Authority refuses to even acknowledge the scenario.”We have been continuously holding meetings in the society campus against the nuisance being created by street dogs. We have knocked the doors of the Authority to take this matter seriously. They always take a written statement form us but do not act on it,” said AN Dhawan, secretary, Federation of Noida RWAs (FONRWA).According to the police, they are just helpless as when some residents register a complaint about the nuisance, some dog lovers cross register another FIR.”Last month, while shopping in Sector 37, my wife had to face a stray dog attack. She fell and broke her arm, and had to be taken for surgery. Ever since, I have been following the issue of sterilisation of street dogs with the Noida Authority, but nothing is really happening on that front,” said PR Chandna, RWA secretary of Mecon Apartments in Sector 62.Currently, according to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, you can get away with being cruel to most animals by paying a fine of anything between Rs 10 and Rs 50 in India. For repeat offenders, the penalty may go up to anything between Rs 25 and Rs 100. You could also be thrown in jail for three months. But that’s about it.”Every sector has about 20 stray dogs. This number should be checked,” a resident said.According to the chief veterinary officer (CVO) of Gautam Budh Nagar, routine sterilisation of stray dogs is very important in all urban and rural areas to control their burgeoning population. Also, it calms them down and prevents them from getting violent with other dogs and humans.Noida has an estimated 13,600 stray dogs, and the mating season, when they get territorial and aggressive, is from August to December. This has got the animal lovers worried.On September 26 this year, the Noida Authority appointed Delhi-based Dr Chawla’s Pet Hospital for the sterilisation project.Dr Nischal Chaudhary, a vet at the shelter in Sector 94, said the sterilisation drive had begun in October. “The Noida Authority asked us to sterilise at least 25 stray dogs every day, and so far, we have operated on 380 dogs. The dogs are kept in the hospital for about seven days for post-surgery care. After that, they are released in their home territory,” he added.Only time will tell whether this sterilisation drive will help normalise the man-animal conflict in the city.

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Judge, Delhi governmet lock horns over Rs 28,000 acupuncture bill

A judicial officer posted in a Delhi court is fighting a legal battle against the Delhi government over a sum of Rs 28,000, the amount he spent on acupuncture treatment for his migraine. The Delhi government has cited rules to refuse reimbursement to him.Additional sessions judge (ASJ) Ashwani Kumar Sarpal, currently posted at the Family Court, Shahdara, has now filed an appeal against a decision given by justice Vibhu Bhakru, rejecting his plea for reimbursement of his medical expenses.In his plea filed through advocate Abhinav Garg, the ASJ has said he has been suffering from chronic Trigeminal Neuralgia and migraine for the last six years, for which he had been taking allopathic medicines and was also being treated at private hospitals. The problem, however, was not cured despite taking painkillers daily. While migrane has no permanent solution, Trigeminal Neuralgia can be treated through surgery.But since surgery was risky for life, Sarpal did not opt for it.Thereafter, he underwent acupuncture therapy at a Delhi Hospital, which yielded results and reduced his pain.On January 1, the ASJ submitted the bill of Rs 28,000 reimbursement, which was rejected “because it was inadmissible as the hospital was not on the panel of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS)”.Following this, he filed a petition in the Delhi High Court, which was also rejected on the grounds that he had not “been deprived of or denied any medical treatment essential for good health”.Dismissing the earlier plea, justice Bhakru had stated that it was not the Delhi government’s policy to provide reimbursement for acupuncture expenses, as it was an alternate system of healing.Dissatisfied, the judicial officer has once again appealed against the order, claiming that acupuncture has been recognised as an alternative medication process and some government hospitals, such as the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).PinprickAshwani Kumar Sarpal suffers from chronic Trigeminal Neuralgia and migraine Surgery can treat Trigeminal Neuralgia

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Debt-ridden bizman attempts suicide, kills 4 of family

After hit by the impact of demonetisation, a textile businessman killed four of his family members and attempted suicide at his home near Pallavaram here on Tuesday. The businessman was troubled by growing debts.Police said debts and a huge loss in business forced Damodharan, a resident of Thiruvalluvar Nagar in Pammal, to take the extreme step.Damodharan murdered his mother Saraswathi, wife Deepa, son Roshan and daughter Meenakshi by slitting their throats with a kitchen knife. Later, he tried to commit suicide by slitting his own throat.Damodharan, who runs Prakash Cloth Store has left two letters detailing the reasons for his decision kill his family members and himself. In a letter to his friend S Balakrishnan, Damodharan said that after the centre brought the demonetisation, there was no growth in the textile sector. “With the price rise, I was living taking more and more loans. Only my debts increased but the textile sales did not go up. If the situation continues like this, many lives will be lost like mine. But the state government is not bothered about all this,” he wrote in the letter recovered by the police from his house.According to the police, on hearing loud noise from his house, neighbours reached there and found four dead bodies. They found Damodharan alive and rushed him to Government General Hospital. The local police reached the spot and recovered the dead bodies after the neighbours informed them. The police have registered a murder case against Damodharan.

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Woman kills husband, pours acid on boyfriend’s face for plastic surgery but gets nailed by Aadhaar

In quite a remarkable series of ghastly events, a Telangana woman inspired by a famous Telugu film Yevadu killed her husband and poured acid on her boyfriend’s face to get him plastic surgery to make him look like her deceased hubby.India Today reported that Swathi Reddy, along with her boyfriend Rajesh, murdered her husband Sudhakar Reddy and burned his body in a forest.She then proceeded to pour acid on her boyfriend’s face and took him to the hospital for plastic surgery. She also informed her late husband’s family, claiming he had met with an accident. When Swathi rushed her husband to the hospital for surgery, , her in-laws got suspicious with their ‘son’s’ behaviour and called the cops.Also readNoida murder puzzle medics over ways to tackle teen aggressionThe police meanwhile used Rajesh’s fingerprints and matched it with Sudhakar’s Aadhaar details and found he was an imposter. This led the cops to bust the bizarre crime that had taken place and investigation revealed that they had killed her husband on November 26.Meanwhile, Sudhakar’s family had rushed their ‘son’ to a hospital in a Hyderabad, only to learn that their real son was dead. Both Swathi and her boyfriend Rajesh have been arrested and sent to judicial custody.

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Uttar Pradesh: French tourists molested, thrashed in Mirzapur, eight accused nabbed

In yet another shocking incident in Uttar Pradesh, about a dozen French nationals, including females, were abused, molested and thrashed by local goons in Mirzapur district.This is the third such incident of attack on foreign tourists in the state in the last three months. However, reacting promptly the Mirzapur Police have arrested eight accused and registered an FIR against 13 people who were involved in the incident.About a dozen French tourists had come to visit Varanasi. On Saturday, they visited a natural waterfall in Lekhania Dari under Ahraura police station in Mirzapur along with an Indian friend. While they were enjoying their visit, three local guys passed lewd remarks on girls and abused them.Also readSwiss couple attacked in Fatehpur Sikri: 5 arrested, Centre and UP govt condemn incidentWhen French nationals objected, it led to an argument and soon tuned into a fight. Since the locals were less in numbers they left and again returned with 10 more local guys who thrashed French tourists. In the fight a French tourist sustained injuries on his hands, face and neck.The French nationals’ Indian friend told mediapersons that she was also abused, molested and beaten when she tried to stop them from attacking foreign tourists. She alleged that the attackers used sticks to beat them. They were taken to the hospital and given first aid.Also readIncidents like Fatehpur Sikri attack negatively impact our image: KJ Alphons writes to Yogi AdityanathThe SHO Ahraura Police Station Praveen Singh said that an FIR has been registered against 13 people and they have already arrested eight He, however, denied that anyone was seriously injured in the attack. “Only one of them sustained minor bruises and scratches and was given first aid at the Mirzapur Hospital,” clarified the SHO.The DGP Sulkhan Singh has directed the Mirzapur police to arrest remaining accused and take strict action against them. A few months ago, the DGP had suggested CCTV cameras at tourist spots to check such incidents but no headway has been made so far. A German national was thrashed by a railway contractor at Sonebhadra Railway station on November 6 when he ignored greetings of the contractor. The accused was immediately arrested by the police.A Swiss couple was attacked in Fatehpur Sikri in Agra about two months ago by a group of local touts pressing for photographs. The Swiss man had suffered fractures in the attack and couple was treated at Delhi’s Apollo Hospital. Police rounded up about 50 touts and arrested a couple of them involved in the attack after public outrage over the incident. A Russian woman was allegedly raped by a bank manager in Vrindavan in Mathura in October. The bank manager was arrested after she lodged an FIR with the Mathura Police.

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Speak up Delhi: Max hospital license cancellation irrational, say city residents

The recent decision of Delhi government cancelling the license of a private hospital over an alleged medical negligence has received a mixed response from the residents.This is the first time that a big chain of private hospitals in the Capital has faced such action from the government. “There is zero tolerance for cases of criminal negligence. We will not accept any kind of lax attitude in dealing with the lives of patients,” Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain had said on Friday.“The decision will set an example for other private hospitals who are overcharging the patients. Most the hospitals are just making money and not looking after the actual condition of the people coming to them. This practice must stop,” said Shiv Singh, a resident of Mukherjee Nagar.After battling for life for five days, the premature baby died at a private clinic on Wednesday. The matter came to light last Friday, when the father of the twins, Ashish Kumar, who was on his way to the cremation ground, noticed that one of the polybags handed over to him by the doctors was moving.A preliminary report submitted by a panel of doctors to Delhi government on Tuesday had found the hospital guilty of not having followed the prescribed medical norms in dealing with the newborns. The three-member panel prepared the report after scrutinising the hospital records and meeting with the staffers concerned. After the death of the second child, the investigation into the case was transferred from the northwest district police to the Crime Branch.While some residents have applauded the government’s decision, few felt that shutting down an existing medical facility will not serve any purpose. “By cancelling the license of a private hospital means Delhities now have one less medical facility. Delhi is already struggling to meet the shortage of medical facilities. The government should ideally have taken over the administrative team just like they did it with the private schools,” said Vineet Sharma, a resident of Geeta colony.The Delhi Medical Association (DMA) on Saturday termed the Delhi government’s move to cancel the license of Max Super Speciality hospital in Shalimar Bagh as “irrational and autocratic”. The doctors’ body said that the government should have waited for the report of the Delhi Medical Council (DMC) on the issue, which is expected in a few days. It said it will give a call for a strike if needed and will appeal to the government to revoke the licence cancellation decision.TRACK RECORDThe Delhi Medical Council in 2017 has received 23 complaints against Max hospitals in Delhi Six complaints were received against Max hospital in Shalimar Bagh The medical council in 2017 has received a total of 234 complaints against the various hospitals in the capital. Out of which, 82 have moved to the disciplinary committee for action. EXPERT SPEAKThe decision will set an example for the other hospitals and nursing homes. All these private institutes will now be more vigilant in dealing with the sensitive cases. They will properly follow the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) in all the cases. A life has been lost in this case. The baby survived for five more days in other private hospital. The hospital had registered the child as a stillbirth. When the baby was handed over to the patients, his heart was beating. We could not ignore the hospital in this case. This is a case of error of judgement where the hospital failed to understand the situation of the new born.”—Dr Kirti Bhushan, director general of health services, Delhi governmentVOICESThis is a wonderful step taken by the AAP government. No other government has ever taken such a bold step. These hospitals will now be very careful while dealing with the patients. There should be a legal framework to monitor the functioning of these hospitals.—Akriti SinghLast year, I took my father to a private hospital for a routine check-up and the hospital gave us a long list of the tests and asked us to get them done immediately. We were surprised after we saw the list and cost of the tests was going above Rs 40,000. We left the hospital and got the tests done from a government hospital.—Saurbh BhatiI feel that the government should not have closed the facility for the general public. Not all of us go to a government hospital for treatment. Many a times, these private hospitals come as a saviour.—Sudhanyu DimriThis is an extreme step taken by the government. It should have also thought about the large number of patients coming to the hospital on a regular basis. Before taking such a strong step, the government should have explored the other options as well.—Vipin MandalOther hospitals should also learn lesson from this incident. This incident will act as a milestone in the history of medical negligence. The Kejriwal government has once again proved that they will not tolerate any kind of criminal negligence when it comes to education and health sector. —Anil Kumar Dimri

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Haryana govt FIR against Fortis doctor

The Haryana government lodged an FIR on Sunday against the doctor who treated seven-year-old Adya Singh, who succumbed to dengue shock syndrome, at Fortis Hospital in Gurugram.Fortis has been under scanner since it slapped a bill of around Rs 16 lakh on the girl’s family for her hospitalisation of 15 days. Union Health Minister J P Nadda had ordered an inquiry into the incident.A case under section 304, part 2 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the Indian Penal Code was lodged at Sushant Lok police station against the doctor who worked with the paediatric department. The section carries a maximum punishment of 10 years.”We submitted our inquiry report to the police on November 23, stating that the hospital had overcharged the family of the deceased,” said B K Rajora, chief medical officer of Gurugram Civil Hospital.The complaint was submitted on Saturday and the case was registered on Sunday, the police said. “We have received a 49-page complaint from the health department. A case has been registered,” said a senior police official.On Friday evening, Adya’s father Jayant Singh lodged a complaint with the Gurgaon police alleging that his daughter died because of the doctors’ negligence, and the hospital tried to ‘destroy evidence’ of their wrongdoings.On Thursday, Haryana Health minister Anil Vij ordered Fortis Hospital, Gurgram, be removed from the list of government empanelled hospitals. He also asked the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) to look into the possibility of cancelling the hospital’s land lease.A seven-member committee headed by Dr Rajiv Vadhera, Additional Director General of Health Services, stated it was unethical to pull off a patient’s life support especially after she had sought Leave Against Medical Advice (LAMA) from the hospital. It also raises questions on forgery of parents’ signatures for hospital documentation and overpricing of drugs and consumables.Following the indictment by the panel, Vij had said an FIR would be lodged against the private hospital and the licence of its blood bank would be cancelled.The Fortis group had earlier said that all documents, statements and details were made available to the probe team of the Haryana government.

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Victim’s father files FIR, says Fortis Hospital man tried to bribe him

After losing his seven-year-old daughter Adya Singh allegedly at the hands of Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI), bereaved father Jayant Singh filed a police complaint alleging culpable homicide as well as forgery and destruction of evidence by the accused hospital management at Sushant Lok police station in Gurugram. In his FIR, Singh also stated that on November 23, a senior management member of Fortis Hospital, Jasbir Grewal, met him at a coffee shop in Gurugram on the pretext of discussing Adya’s case, where Grewal offered Singh a cheque of Rs 10,37,889. The proof can be corroborated in the hotel’s CCTV footage, stated the FIR. “He also made a verbal offer of Rs 25 lakh and asked me to remain shut about the case,” Singh told DNA. “When I refused, Grewal warned me that this was their best offer as the government’s medical report would come in favour of the hospital,” stated the FIR filed by Singh. However, the report released by the Haryana government has nailed FMRI on several unethical practices.Singh has alleged that FMRI was criminally negligent while treating baby Adya and also indulged in forgery, cheating and dishonest inducement of monies. “They have not only bribed me but have also destroyed, modified and altered evidence,” he told DNA. The FIR alleges that Adya died a painful death on September 15 as Dr Vikas Varma from Fortis Hospital switched off the ventilator pipes and the Ambu bag attached to the deceased when she was taken in the private ambulance. A probe instituted by a special investigative committee in Adya’s case by Haryana government has stated in its report that it was unethical on FMRI’s part to pull her off life support. The report says that withdrawal of life support by the hospital staff in the ambulance amounts to negligence and is against the law of the land. “Leave against medical advice does not mean that hospital disowns the patient completely. They must ensure all facilities for transfer/transport to home or other hospitals,” said the report. Once the treating doctors realised that the patient is about to “check out,” and is thus of no profitability value to them they pulled off the ventilator states the FIR. “This is calculated murder,” said Singh. The FIR has been registered against nine persons from Fortis Management team including Malwinder Singh, FMRI Chairman and Shivinder Mohan Singh, Executive Vice Chairman of Fortis Health Care and additionally nine treating doctors.

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Woman kills self with 2-yr-old girl

According to the police, Chandravati w/o Prahalad Ram, resident of Ratnali Nadi of Bhimda village of Baitu, was going for a condolence meeting at her relative’s place with some women. However, Chandravati was left behind. When the other women looked back, they did not find her. When women looked in a water tank they found Chandravati and her daughter struggling to remain afloat. The women shouted for help and the villagers pulled them out and took them to Bhimda Hospital where they were declared dead. The family members brought both bodies to the house and informed the police.”
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Jharkhand: MBBS doctor lands in trouble after posting images of caesarian surgery without gynaecologist, anesthetist

A Jharkhand doctor has landed in trouble for sharing how he saved a woman’s life on social media. According to a Hindustan Times report, the doctor’s superiors said he ‘abducted the woman’ and conducted surgery without proper procedure of facilities.Officials said that Dr Sushil Kumar, who holds an MBBS degree, told doctors at a local health centre to refer the pregnant woman to Patliputra Medical College and Hospital in Jharkhand. However, he took the woman to a local medical facility where he is posted and performed caesarian surgery without a gynaecologist or an anaesthetist, the officials alleged.He then asked people to take picture of him that he later posted on social media, claiming that he had saved the lives of both the mother and the child. The incident took place last FridayHowever, the incident came to light on December 6 and Kumar has been issued a show cause notice asking him why he had performed the surgery without any assistance. According to the report, Kumar defended his actions as the woman, who was known to him, was critical. He also claimed that a gynaecologist performed the surgery and not him.However, an official said that the woman was not critical.

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Max Hospital’s licence cancelled: Kejriwal says ‘open loot’ won’t be tolerated, IMA says ‘too harsh a step’

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today said his government will not tolerate “open loot and criminal negligence” by private hospitals, hours after the licence of Max Hospital at Shalimar Bagh was cancelled.He said the AAP government was “very sensitive” in both education and health sectors.The Delhi government cancelled the licence of Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh with immediate effect, for alleged medical negligence including the twins case in which one of the babies was found alive after being declared dead by the doctors.”Whereas we don’t wish to interfere in day to day functioning of pvt hospitals, however, open loot or criminal negligence by any hospital won’t be tolerated. We won’t hesitate to take strongest action in such cases,” Kejriwal tweeted.Earlier, talking to reporters, the chief minister said, “In the field of education and health, we are very sensitive.We have done good works in government sector of education and restrained private schools from arbitrarily deciding their fee structure.”Also readDelhi govt to set up legal framework to check criminal negligence by hospitals: Arvind KejriwalSimilarly, the government has also been doing good in health sector.”We are upgrading government hospitals and setting up mohalla clinics and poly clinics. However, in private health sector, open loot and criminal negligence will not be tolerated,” Kejriwal said here. Also readDelhi government cancels licence of Max Hospital in Shalimar Bagh for medical negligence The IMA today termed “too harsh a step” the cancellation of the licence of Max Hospital in Shalimar Bagh by the Delhi government, saying action should be initiated against “those who are at fault” after inquiry.Indian Medical Association (IMA) President K K Aggarwal, also a cardiologist, said the government decision was “not in the interest of society”.”I personally feel it was wrong. The government has taken a wrong decision… For a mistake that occurred at the level of a doctor, the licence of the hospital cannot be cancelled,” he said.In a statement released hours after the announcement by the Delhi government, the IMA said it was “too harsh a step”, and that action should be taken against those people who are at fault.”We are not backing the mistake committed by Max super speciality hospital. However, the cancellation of license is too harsh a step. Action should be initiated against those who are at fault after proper inquiry by the Delhi Medical Council.”Mistakes occur even at premier government hospitals such as AIIMS and Safdarjung Hospital,” the IMA chief said.”If government starts cancelling the licenses of hospitals in such a manner than all the healthcare facilities will have to be shut down,” he said.The Delhi government today cancelled the licence of Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh, with immediate effect, for alleged medical negligence, including in the twins case in which one of the babies was found alive after being wrongly declared dead by the doctors.

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India parents: ‘Our baby died after doctors put him in a bag’

The parents at the centre of an incident that shocked India tell the BBC about their ordeal.

Delhi government cancels license of Max Hospital in Shalimar Bagh for medical negligence

Delhi Health Minister Satyender Jain on Friday said that they are cancelling the license of Max hospital located in Shalimar Bagh due to medical negligence. The decision was taken after the health minister received the final report of the probe launched into probing alleged medical negligence by the hospital. The case relates to the birth of twins (a boy and a girl) on November 30. The parents alleged the babies were declared dead by the Max Hospital in Shalimar Bagh but they later discovered that the boy was alive.the parents said they were told by the hospital that both the babies were stillborn. The infants were handed over to them in a polythene bag, they said. The family discovered that the baby boy was breathing just before the last rites, the police said. The baby however died later. Earlier Jain had said that the preliminary report had found Max hospital guilty on several counts and promised strict action once the final report comes. It’s not the first time Max has had a run in with the authorities recently. On November 22, a notice was sent to Max Hospital for allegedly violating norms related to services to be given to EWS patients. “These two cases have been clubbed and we will take action accordingly,” Jain had promised. The family of the kid had alleged that Max hospital tried to bribe them to hush up the case. However the hospital has vehemently denied the allegation. With PTI inputs

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In Chembur, again, a falling tree kills woman

On Thursday, a 45-year-old woman lost her life after a gulmohar tree fell on her in Chembur. Sharda Sahdev Godeshwar was sitting on a bench when the incident occurred, and she was rushed to Shatabdi Hospital but was declared dead before admission. The Govandi police have registered a case of accidental death.Less than five month ago, again in Chembur, 57-year-old Kanchan Nath died after a coconut tree fell on her on 22 July. Nath, a former anchor with Doordarshan, was out for a morning walk when the mishap occurred.Godeshwar, a resident of Gautam Nagar in Chembur, was a maid and was on her way to work. “Few locals saw her sitting on a bench in the garden with her earphones on,” said police sub-inspector Anil Shelke of Govandi police station.The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) denied receiving any complaints about the tree, and assistant commissioner of M West ward Harshad Kale said it was found to be in perfect condition during the last tree survey conducted before the monsoons.He blamed the fungus caused by excess underground water. “The roots of the tree did not penetrate deep as water from a nearby well had seeped in. This led to its fall,” Kale said. He added that there is provision of compensation of Rs 1 lakh for such incidents, however the Gardens Department is the final deciding authority on it.The 45-year-old was a single parent and is survived by her three children who are now being taken care of by neighbours. Sangeeta Iyer, one of her employers at Soares Road, said, “Sharda was very helpful and never left any work incomplete. She had been with us for two years.”
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Max under scanner as second twin dies, government assures action

One of the prematurely born twins, who was mistakenly declared dead by a private hospital in Delhi, died on Wednesday after battling for life for five days. The 22-week baby, who was born at the Max hospital in Shalimar Bagh, was undergoing treatment at the Delhi New Born Centre in Pitampura.”The infant died due to multiple organ failure. His condition was critical from the very first day. He was immediately put on ventilator and had been responding to medicines. He passed away in Wednesday afternoon. We had informed the family about his condition after looking at all the medical reports. The survival chances were quite less,” Dr Sandeep Gupta, director, Delhi New Born Centre, said.Meanwhile, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said that strict action will be taken against the hospital, once the report has been finalised. “The final report will come out in two days. No one will be spared, if found guilty,” Jain said on Wednesday.The matter was reported last Friday, after Ashish Kumar, father of the twins, who was on his way to the cremation ground, noticed that one of the polybags handed over by the doctors was moving.The agitated family members then protested outside the hospital throughout the day.”We will not cremate our baby till this hospital is shut. We will not let this matter die,” Kumar had said.A preliminary report submitted by a panel of doctors to the Delhi government on Tuesday found the hospital guilty of not having followed the prescribed medical norms in dealing with the infants. The three-member panel has submitted the preliminary report after scrutinising hospital records and meeting the staffers concerned.”No ECG tracings were done to check whether the child was alive. The body was handed over without written instructions. The dead and the alive children were not kept separately,” the report stated.A medical negligence case was registered under Section 308 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) against the hospital. Also, services of two doctors concerned were terminated on Sunday.Reacting to the baby’s death, Max hospital said in a statement:”We just learnt of the sad demise of the 23-week preterm baby, who was on ventilator support. Our deepest condolences are with the parents and other family members. While we understand that survival in extreme preterm births is rare, it is always painful for parents and family. We wish them the strength to cope with their loss.”The rising number of cases of medical negligence by private hospitals has prompted the Delhi government to prepare a legal framework to track the ‘loot’ and ‘criminal negligence’ by hospitals.”We never wanted to interfere in the functioning of private hospitals, but the public should not suffer in any case. The general public is being looted and cheated by these hospitals, which are guilty of criminal negligence. As a responsible government, it is our duty to come up with a solution,”chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had said.While talking about the framework, he pointed out two recent incidents — a private hospital charging Rs 15 lakh from a dengue patient and Max hospital wrongly declaring the infant dead.Union Health Minister JP Nadda also directed the Delhi government to look into the matter, after which the government ordered a probe and sought a preliminary report within three days.The case has been transferred to the Crime Branch.
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Dengue death: Haryana panel blames Fortis

A committee formed by the Haryana government has found criminal negligence on the part of Fortis hospital, causing the death of a seven-year-old girl suffering from dengue. The statement comes after a committee of senior doctors, formed by the state government, gave its recommendations.The committee has alleged several irregularities, including refusal of appropriate ambulance service to the patient, not following leave against medical advice (LAMA) protocol, and overcharging.”The girl was on ventilator in the hospital, but she was provided with an ordinary ambulance. The ventilator system was withdrawn and even an ambu bag was not provided. This eventually led to her death,” Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij said on Wednesday.According to the Indian Medical Association (IMA) protocol, if a patient is discharged against medical advice, the hospital arranges or advises for an ambulance that could provide similar conditions. “The ambulance in which the girl was being transported had no such facilities.”An Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulance should have been used. but a Basic Life Support (BLS) ambulance was provided, which had no such facilities,” he added.The Haryana government will file an FIR against the Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI) under the relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for death due to negligence and will also ask the Medical Council of India (MCI) to take action against the hospital, which may include cancelling of its licence.The committee also found the Fortis Hospital guilty of overcharging for medicines and platelets and has sent a notice for cancellation of its blood bank’s licence. “Costly medicines were used even when its substitute was available, violating the IMA’s regulation. Also platelets were given 25 times, for which Rs 400 per unit was charged 17 times, while Rs 2,000 per unit was charged for the remaining eight times. Overall profit margin in medicine is 108 per cent and a few consumables have a 1,737 per cent margin,” Vij added.Moreover, a notice has been sent to the Fortis Hospital by the committee for violating the Epidemic Act by not notifying the dengue case to the local authority concerned. If found guilty, the hospital authorities could be imprisoned for a period ranging from a month to six months and may have to pay a fine of Rs 200 to Rs 1,000.It was also found by the committee that the hospital did not provide 20 per cent RBD to the patient’s family, violating a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA). The parents had also alleged forgery of their signatures on consent form multiple times, Vij added.Parents of the seven-year old girl, who died on November 21 of Dengue Shock Syndrome (DSS), had accused the Fortis hospital of charging Rs 16 lakh for the 15-day treatment.The hospital, however, denied all allegations.
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It took almost one month to confirm lethal Japanese Encephalitis infection

At the time when seasonal diseases are producing challenges in front of state medical and health department, recent cases of lethal disease Japanese Encephalitis (JE) have exposed the lacunae at monitoring and testing system of diseases in the state. In October, Rajasthan registered first death case due to JE, but it took 25 days to confirm that the deceased patient was infected with JE virus. Meanwhile, two more patients from Keshoraipatan in Bundi were infected with JE but by the time it was confirmed, both of them recovered from the disease. The disheartening fact is, that for almost 2 months they remained unattended by medical officials, within the community. In such a condition if there was no outbreak, we should thank the Almighty.Followed by the report from National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune, and DNA report, published on November 13, about the first death for JE in Rajasthan a team of specialists from Jaipur, sent to Keshoraipatan, had collected 7 blood samples of JE suspects.“Samples were sent to NIV on November 16, and report confirms that two out of them, namely Ghanshyam (80) and Bhalchandra (35), were infected with JE and other two are reported indeterminate cases,” Dr Ravi Prakash Mathur, Director (Rural Health) told DNA. It is worth mentioning that it took more than 20 days for confirmation of JE in blood samples, by the time Bhalchandra got recovered from the disease. Ghanshyam too has no symptoms left now but, being an old man, has been admitted to medicine ward C in Hospital of Kota Medical college. “Patient has no fever, headache, unconsciousness or fits like symptoms.” DR Manoj Saluja, who is taking care of Ghanshyam told DNA. “Sample was drawn on November 13. It seems that he was infected at that time and was lately confirmed. But since the report is positive, he has been kept under observation for next twodays,” said Dr Saluja.
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Govt to pull up erring private hospitals, take strict action under Nursing Cell Act

Tightening the noose over private hospitals for not paying fines for refusing free treatment to the poor, the Delhi government on Wednesday said that a decision will be taken on the same in two days. Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Wednesday said among the private hospitals, Max Hospital in Shalimar Bagh has also been found flouting the rules. A notice was issued to the hospital on November 22 regarding the treatment given to the EWS patients. “We had found deficiencies in the process of giving treatment to the EWS patients. Even the additional beds which were specially allotted for fewer patients were being used by the hospital after the season was over. The government is preparing a report on all the issues and whatever action is listed under Nursing Cell Act,” said Jain. The AAP-led government in 2016 had slapped the fine on five hospitals— Max Super Speciality Hospital (Saket), Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, Shanti Mukand Hospital,Dharamshila Cancer Hospital and Pushpawati Singhania Research Institute. These hospitals were provided land at concessional rates between 1960 and 1990 on the condition that they will treat the poor free of cost.“Three hospitals have gone through the process. The hearing for the other two will take place in the coming week. If at fault, none of them will be spared,” said Dr Kirti Bhushan, Director General of Health Services (DGHS), Delhi government.A total of 43 private hospitals in Delhi were allotted land at concessional rates on the condition that they will keep 10 per cent of their in-patient department capacity and 25 per cent of out-patient department capacity to treat economically weaker patients for free. “The matter relates to an erroneous demand of Rs 32 crore from Max Hospital, East Block, Saket. The HC has stayed proceedings and has directed a Special Committee constituted for this purpose to hear the reasons of the concerned hospitals. The hearings continue,” a spokesperson from Max Healthcare said.MAX HOSPITALDec 1Newborn declared dead by hospital, found alive when taken for last ritesDec 1 Delhi Police registers case of attempt to commit culpable homicide against the hospital. Delhi government orders probeDec 2 Delhi Medical Council issued show-cause notice to the hospital. Delhi health minister says if found guilty of medical negligence, hospital’s licence could be cancelledDec 3 The hospital terminates two doctors for negligenceDec 5 Initial probe finds hospital “guilty of not having followed prescribed norms”Dec 5 Delhi govt says it would form a legal framework to track “criminal negligence” casesDec 6 Newborn passes awayFORTIS HOSPITALSeptember 15- 7-yr-old girl dies of dengue, hospital bills family Rs 16 lakh November 20 Union Health Minister JP Nadda asks for details and said necessary action will be taken against the hospital November 21Family demands probe into the treatment and billing done by hospitalNovember 22 Haryana health minister assures probe, CMO initiates inquiry. IMA defends Gurgaon hospital for Rs 16 lakh billNovember 25 The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) decides to probe caseDecember 6 Haryana writes to MCI to cancel hospital’s licence
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Bombay High Court allows 26-weeks minor rape survivor to terminate pregnancy

The Bombay High Court on Tuesday allowed a 13-year-old rape survivor to terminate her 26-week pregnancy, on Wednesday.A division bench of Justice Shantanu Kemkar and Justice G S Kulkarni after going through the medical report submitted by a team of doctors of the KEM hospital, allowed the petition. Abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy is not allowed in Indian under the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act.Advocate Sagar Patil appearing for Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, said court has allowed the victim to terminate the pregnancy at the KEM hospital, on Wednesday.The girl’s father has sought the permission for abortion on the ground that she is physically not capable to bear and deliver a baby and that she is saved from the mental and physical anguish that may be caused to her if she continues with the pregnancy.On November 30, the court had directed KEM Hospital’s medical board of expert doctors to examine her present health condition to determine whether a MTP will be safe at this stage.According to the plea, the girl was repeatedly raped by her cousin, who used to live in the house of her parents. The pregnancy came to light on November 7, after she complained of pains in the abdomen and was rushed to the doctor by the parents.The plea argued that considering the young age of the victim, she must not be forced to continue with the pregnancy that was the result of rape.
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Beed residents crowd-fund for constable’s sex-change surgery

Residents of Beed have come together to crowd fund for Beed constable Lalita Salve’s sex reassignment surgery (SRS). According to Salve’s relatives, they are yet to receive the medical test report from the hospital but the residents of Beed have already started pouring help for her.In order to reduce her financial burden for the SRS operation she is aiming to undergo, the community members, relatives, neighbors, and local political workers have came forward to help her financially.Arjun Ujgire, uncle of Salve, said, “We don’t know what will be the cost of the surgery but as per our knowledge it will be in lakhs of rupees. Approximately Rs 40,000-50,000 cash has been crowd-funded so far without the family asking for any financial help from anybody.”While Salve underwent medical test on Monday, the medical reports were submitted to the dean of JJ Hospital on Tuesday which will later be forwarded to the state’s home department. Doctors at JJ Hospital opine that she should undergo a corrective surgery.Salve’s ultrasound revealed absence of ovaries, fallopian tube, breasts and mammary glands. Dr Ashok Anand, head of Gynecology Department at JJ Hospital, said, “She had undergone a test earlier in 2016. Genetically she was a male but she was behaving like a female. If she wants to be a male, there is no harm in it.”“We are happy to see the support from Beed residents. The operation will be done in Mumbai and preferably at the state government’s JJ Hospital,” said Salve’s uncle.
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Gujarat Elections 2017 | PM Modi to be back for two days today, Rahul Gandhi on 5th

With elections less than a week away, poll campaigning is set to pick up. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will spend two days in the state beginning tomorrow seeking to woo voters ahead of the crucial polls, while Congress vice-president will be in the state from December 5 to 7. On Sunday, Modi, BJP’s star campaigner and de facto face for the Gujarat polls, is scheduled to address election rallies in Bharuch, Surendranagar and Rajkot. He is also slated to inaugurate the SGVP Hospital in Ahmedabad during the day.BJP sources said that the next day, Modi is slated to address poll rallies in Valsad, Bhavnagar, Junagadh and Jamnagar.Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, who has campaigned extensively in the state over the past month or so, will be back again to Gujarat on December 5, a day after his expected coronation as the party president. According to party officials, Gandhi is scheduled to campaign in Kutch, Morbi and Surendranagar, holding corner meetings and addressing public meetings in a bid to boost his party’s chances in the elections. The next day he is slated to cover Tapi, Surat and Narmada districts, and parts of central Gujarat on December 7. Incidentally, campaigning for the first phase of polls.Clash of titansModi will address election rallies in Bharuch, Surendranagar and Rajkot. He is also slated to inaugurate SGVP Hospital.Rahul Gandhi will come a day after his expected coronation as Congress party president.
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Licence can also be cancelled if medical negligence found: Satyendar Jain on Max Hospital declaring live baby dead

In the wake of a premature baby being wrongly declared dead by a city-based private hospital, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain today said if the hospital is found guilty of negligence in the probe, its licence can be cancelled.The government had yesterday ordered an inquiry into the “criminal negligence” by the Max Hospital in Shalimar Bagh, after it surfaced that its doctors had declared the baby dead but he was found to be alive later.”Once the report comes out, toughest action will be taken. And, if the hospital is found guilty of medical negligence, then its licence can also be cancelled,” Jain told reporters.Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had promised “strict action”.This baby boy was one of the prematurely born twins (boy and girl) delivered on the morning of November 30 to Varsha at Max Hospital. The other baby was stillborn.The mother was brought to the hospital from a nursing home in Paschim Vihar, police said.Also readMax Hospital goof-up: Family of twins stage dharna demanding action against authoritiesThe parents were earlier told by the hospital that both the babies were stillborn, and were handed to them in a polythene bag, but just before their last rites, the family found that the boy was alive, police said.”We rushed the baby to a nearby nursing home in Pitampura, where he is in life support,” the father told reporters yesterday.Jain said the report is expected in two days.The Delhi health minister said, “The same hospital was issued a show cause notice on November 22 for not fulfilling some norms related to providing services to patients of EWS (economically weaker section) category.””We had done a probe (in EWS case) and it was also found that in the OPD, only 10 per cent of the patients were being attended to than the 25 per cent,” Jain alleged.Also readDelhi: Max hospital gives ‘dead’ twins to parents in polythene bag, one found alive Asked if any action will be taken against the doctors involved in the case, he said, the matter will be sent to the Medical Council of India (MCI) and then based on the response, any action will be taken.Expressing displeasure over the incident, Jain also alleged that “in the name of reforms, private hospitals have been given concessions, and government hospitals been destroyed, deliberately”.He claimed that a lot of influential people are involved with running private hospitals, and so “government hospitals are being ruined, to benefit the private ones”.”The Delhi government is all focused on strengthening the healthcare system. In the last two-and-a-half years, the number of patients visiting our facilities have increased one-and-a-half times, and we are determined to bolster our health sector,” he asserted.Police has already registered a case under section 308 of the IPC, which governs cases related to attempt to commit culpable homicide and the offence under it is punishable by up to seven years in jail.A senior police official yesterday said, “Two doctors from the hospital have been named in the case.”
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Citizens step forward to adopt abandoned baby saved by Mumbai police

A week after an abandoned baby was admitted in Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital (Sion Hopsital) at Sion by Mumbai Police, the baby got discharged from the hospital on Thursday, November 30. The infant was found in an auto-rickshaw on November 20 morning at Kanjurmarg by a man. He later handed over the infant to the Mumbai Police officers.According to the police officials, citizens are coming forward to adopt the baby since a week. The police officials stated that they are still tracing for the baby’s parents.Gajanan Taple, Senior Police Inspector at Kanjurmarg Police Station, said, “To trace her parents, we are scrutinizing CCTV footages of the road. Since it is a crowded road, it is difficult to find out but the search is going on. We have shifted the baby to Vatsalya Charitable Trust at Kanjurmarg. The baby will be taken to the hospital for follow-up check ups.”Taple, added, “While few citizens have come forward to adopt her, we have informed them to connect with the charitable trust since we don’t have authority to conduct adoption process. Yesterday the baby was handed over to the NGO and citizens who are wishing to adopt her, we are directing them to contact the ngo.”The baby was diagnosed with Hydrocephalus, a condition in which fluid is build-up deep within the brain and requires a surgical intervention.“The baby underwent CT scan and we were waiting for the medical reports. A surgery was performed on her few days ago and is kept in neonatal intensive-care unit (NICU) of the hospital. While her condition is stable now, she is fit to get discharge from the hospital. We have informed the Mumbai Police. They completed the discharge process and have taken the baby to the orphanage,” said Dr Jayshree Mondkar, Dean and Neonatologist at Sion Hospital.
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DNA SPECIAL: Power tussle between Lok Nayak Hospital, MAMC

The Delhi government’s biggest medical institute—Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC) and Lok Nayak Hospital are in a power tussle as few of the department heads have refused to cooperate with the medical director (MD) of the hospital.According to the sources, in the last few months, regular confrontational incidents have taken place between the MD and few professors, with both writing letters to each other, marking the secretary and even Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain.In one such letter, a departmental head wrote to the director,”The memorandum is without jurisdiction as MD Lok Nayak Hospital is not competent enough to issue such memorandums. It is beyond his jurisdiction to issue such a notice to Director Professor and head of the department who is under direct administrative control of Dean MAMC.”The MD had issued a memorandum as the department head and his colleagues failed to turn up for a meeting.MAMC Dean had issued a circular last week asking all the professors to extend their support to the MD to ensure smooth functioning of the hospital.”There are few HODs who have issues with MD. But even then, they must cooperate with him as he is the administrative head. I had been receiving such communications, and therefore, I decided to issue a circular to make things clear,” said Dr Sidharth Ramji, dean, MAMC.Dr JC Passey was appointed MD of Lok Nayak Hospital by the AAP government. The government had, last year, bifurcated the administrative systems of the Delhi hospitals.”All the doctors are doing their clinical practice in the hospitals. If anyone is spending 99 per cent of time here, how can they refuse to participate in the work? We are trying our best to sort out issues and work for the hospital upliftment,” Dr Passey told DNA.UNCONSTITUTIONALHospital sources said that the appointment of the MD was unconstitutional.”There is no document to substantiate this post. Neither the L-G, nor the Centre had given an approval for this post. We are following our head– dean of the college,” said a senior doctor.
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Former defence minister AK Antony suffers brain stroke, doctors say condition stable

Former defence minister AK Antony is said to be in stable condition following a brain stroke, the doctors said today.The 76-year-old Member of Parliament and senior Congress leader was admitted to the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital on Wednesday.”He had suffered a mild brain stroke following which he was brought here. His condition is stable at present, and no surgery is required at the moment,” a senior doctor of the hospital said.Antony, who is from Kerala, was the defence minister in the previous UPA government. He served in that position for seven-and-a-half years, the longest stint so far for an Indian defence minister.The former Kerala chief minister was admitted to the Centre-run hospital after he “suffered a minor brain haemorrhage” when he fell down in his house, a hospital doctor, who did not wish to be named, had said yesterday.
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Bombay HC asks woman cop to move Tribunal for leave to undergo sex-change

The Bombay High Court today refused to hear a petition filed by a 28-year-old police constable seeking a direction to the Maharashtra DGP to grant her leave to undergo a sex-change surgery and directed her to approach the Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal (MAT).Lalita Salve, who now prefers to be called Lalit, had sought a month’s leave to undergo the sex reassignment surgery, but the request was refused by the Beed police authorities.She filed a petition in the high court last week, seeking a direction to the Maharashtra’s police chief to grant her leave for the surgery.A division bench of justices S C Dharmadhikari and Bharti Dangre today disposed of the petition and said this was a service matter and hence the petitioner will have to first approach the tribunal.The court refused to accept Salve’s lawyer Ejaz Naqvi’s contention that the matter also pertains to the fundamental rights of a person.”We do not think that the Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal would be unsympathetic to the petitioner’s grievances. We have never seen in any case the tribunal brushing aside matters without proper application of mind and without hearing all the parties concerned,” the court said.According to the petition, Salve, born in June 1988, noticed changes in her body three years ago and underwent medical tests, which confirmed the presence of Y chromosome in her body.While men have X and Y sex chromosomes, women have two X chromosomes.”The petitioner later undertook counselling sessions with psychiatrists at the state-run J J Hospital. The doctors detected that she had a gender dysphoria abnormality and advised her to undergo a sex reassignment surgery, if she was willing to and was of sound mind,” the petition said.Subsequently, Salve approached senior police officials and sought a month’s medical leave to undergo the surgery.”Last week, the superintendent of police (SP) of Beed district informed the petitioner that she could not undergo a sex reassignment surgery and refused to grant her leave,” the petition said.It contended that the said decision of the Beed police authorities was violative of the petitioner’s fundamental rights.
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BMC to construct stay facility for families of TB patients at Sewri Hospital

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On the line of KEM Hospital, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC ) has decided to develop an accommodation facility for the families of TB patients at Sewri Hospital. This will have facilities for stay of 50 persons with washroom and other facilities.The BMC’s stay facility in KEM Hospital receives good response as it is occupied most of the day.TB patients from across the state for their treatment and many of them are required to admit. However, patients’ family members face difficulty while staying as cost of living in Mumbai is very high. “We will take a nominal charge of Rs 50 to Rs 100 per day,” said Kishore Desai, assistant commissioner of F South ward of BMC.According to Desai, TB is contaminated easily and so, patients’ family cannot reside within hospital premises. “This is safety for patients’ family members to stay out of the hospital,” said Desai. He added that the facility will be available in the next six months time. The Sewri TB hospital receives over 30,000 patients across the year.

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