Updated December 24th, 2023 at 23:34 IST
18 patients dead in 24 hours at 'overloaded' Thane hospital due to negligence, doctors suspended
CM Eknath Shinde had formed a high-powered committee to investigate the matter in August.
Thane: In a distressing turn of events at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Hospital in Thane, Maharashtra, 18 patients lost their lives within a mere 24-hour span back in August this year. After a lapse of over four months, the city's civic administration has taken action by suspending two doctors for their apparent neglect of duty, as confirmed by an official statement on Sunday.
Maharashtra's Thane is considered to be the political stronghold of Chief Minister Eknath Shinde. A surge in patient deaths on August 12 and 13 within a civic-operated facility had sparked opposition outcry, accusing the government of mismanagement. A spokesperson from the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) disclosed that two doctors — an assistant and an associate — have faced suspension due to neglect of duty, directly linked to the fatalities that occurred within a single day.
In the wake of heated political exchanges revolving around these tragic deaths, CM Shinde took action by mandating the formation of a high-powered committee to investigate the matter. An official revealed that the committee's findings were presented during the recent winter session of the assembly.
TMC issued show-cause notices
In the aftermath of the tragic patient fatalities recorded on August 12-13, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has taken action by issuing show-cause notices to several doctors and senior management figures, as disclosed by an inside source. Initial reports from officials indicated that some of the patients were admitted to the Kalwa hospital in critical conditions and subsequently passed away during treatment. Among them were a few elderly individuals. Former Thane mayor Naresh Mhakse, who is also the spokesperson for the Shiv Sena led by Eknath Shinde, highlighted that the hospital had been under immense strain, catering to 650 patients daily, exceeding its designed capacity of 500 at the time.
Contrarily, Jitendra Awhad, an NCP leader and the region's MLA, accused the hospital of mismanagement and urged the administration to rectify the situation before it escalates further.
(With agency inputs)
Published December 24th, 2023 at 20:11 IST