Tension in Odisha hospital after patient’s death, family alleges medical negligence

Rayagada: Tension mounted at the district headquarters hospital (DHH) here on Thursday after one Rashmi Ranjan Khatua died due to alleged medical negligence.

As per reports, Khatua was rushed to the DHH at around 10 AM today after he complained of respiratory problems. Later, the attending doctor reportedly told Khatua’s relatives to get an ECG done immediately but the concerned staff allegedly delayed the test.

Khatua breathed his last at around 1 pm following which his family members staged protest at the hospital alleging medical negligence. Later, police reached the spot and brought the situation under control.

“After my brother complained of chest pain, I admitted him to the hospital. The doctor then told me to immediately do an ECG report but the person in-charge of the department told me to do it at 2 pm. When I brought the matter to the notice of the CDMO, he rang up to the ADMO but by then, he had already died,” alleged Rajat Ranjan Khatua, brother of the deceased.

Meanwhile, CDMO Artabandhu Nayak said that an investigation will be done as per the allegation and stern action will be taken against those found guilty.