The death of an octogenarian male patient at the State government-run SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack on Tuesday triggered massive tension with the relatives of the deceased blaming the hospital authorities for his death.
Bhagabat Mohanty (81), who was referred to SCB from Balasore hospital, was undergoing treatment at the casualty ward. He passed away while being shifted to another ward this morning.
A relative of the patient alleged that oxygen support was removed while shifting the patient to the old medicine ward which resulted in his death.
“We reached SCB Medical College and Hospital with the patient from Balasore at 1 am last night. At the casualty ward, he was given oxygen. He regained sense this morning. Later, some staff arrived at the ward and wanted to shift the patient to the old medicine ward,” the patient’s relative said.
“We requested not to remove oxygen support, but the staff did not listen. After reaching the ward, we requested staff to give oxygen connection, but the staff there refused citing that the duty hour was already over. There was a delay of one hour. Till the time the oxygen was brought to the ward, the patient had already died,” he alleged.
Abhinas Rout, administrative officer of SCB, said, “The patient was referred to SCB from Balasore hospital. After undergoing treatment at the casualty ward, he was shifted to the old medicine ward. During shifting, there was an issue with oxygen which led to his death.”
He said a committee has been formed following discussions with the SCB superintendent and the HoD of the medicine department.
“The panel will examine the whole process starting from the patient’s admission to discharge and find out the lapse. If the allegations of the patient’s attendant are found to be true and if any fault is found on part of any staffer, we will take strict action immediately,” he added.