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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