Jammu & Kashmir

Man dies as family alleges negligence at GMC Anantnag, stage protest

Family members protest at the premises of GMC Anantnag after kin's death due to alleged medical negligence

Anantnag: Relatives of a man who died on Monday staged a protest in GMC Anantnag, alleging ‘negligence’ on part of the doctors.

The authorities said an inquiry would be initiated and assured action if the concerned doctor was found at fault.

According to a relative of the man from the remote Marwah area of Kishtwar, the patient was taken to GMC Anantnag on Sunday.

“ECG and TROPT examinations were carried and after reports, the doctor us that there is nothing to worry about. He said the patient has some kind of tension and advised a visit to a psychiatrist. He told us that he needs love and care at home and prescribed him medicine (used in anxiety disorder— name withheld),” one of the protesters who was also attending the patient told reporters at GMC premises.

“We took the advice seriously and shifted him to our rented accommodation at Ashajipora Anantnag. At around 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, the patient started to wither in pain, and then we again took him to the hospital where the same doctor saw him. He again told us that there was nothing to worry about and told us to give one more tablet of the drug prescribed earlier. Then we gave him the tablet,” the protester said.

He added, “In between the patient vomited and we again went to the doctor who advise some injection which was given to him,” the attendant said. Thereafter, he said, the relatives of the patient went to the doctor and told him that even as the patient seems relaxed, “we should be given a bed in the hospital for the night.”

However, he said, the doctor told them that there was nothing to worry about and asked them to take the patient home and show him to some psychiatrist.

The protester said the family again brought the man to the hospital in the morning. “We were told he has died. We want justice. If poor have to meet the same fate, then tell us what we shall do, where shall we go?” he said, adding, “They should have told us beforehand. We could have shifted him to (SKIMS) Soura or private facility.”

Incharge Medical Superintendent of GMC Anantnag Dr Fayaz Ahmad said that an inquiry will be conducted and action will be taken if the doctor was found at fault.

“It has been brought to my notice that a patient who was already a coronary artery patient and was on follow-up of SKIMS Soura came to hospital casualty. He already had heart stent,” he said.

One of our doctors, he said, prescribed tests and after they came out to be normal, he was sent home.

“This morning they came and said that he died at home. Let them file a representation and necessary measures would be taken,” he said.

“Necessary action would be taken if there was any negligence. We never want any patient to go unattended and not be provided with due care. I will look into it. I will talk to HoD Medicine and get the matter properly investigated,” he added.  (GNS)


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