In another case of medical apathy by hospital staff, the body of an old destitute woman was carried on a garbage trolley to the mortuary in the Shri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH) in Muzaffarpur, North Bihar, according to PTI. The report also claimed that the woman had come to the hospital 15 days ago and had not been attended to by any doctor at the hospital. The woman died on Wednesday and is yet to be identified by the authorities.
A gardener working at the hospital told PTI that he saw the woman writhing in pain and informed the doctors who took no interest in her. According to a PTI report, the District Magistrate Dharmendra Singh has ordered a probe into the incident. Singh said, ”We have ordered a probe into the incident, strict action will be taken against those held responsible for the negligence”.
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The District Civil Surgeon of Muzaffarpur, Dr Lalita Singh told PTI that the hospital has many mortuary vans, which could have been used. She added that strict action will be taken against those found guilty.
Earlier last month on May 2, in another case of appalling medical apathy in Etawah district of neighbouring Uttar Pradesh a labourer was forced to carry the remains of his 15-year-old son after he was allegedly denied an ambulance by the hospital authorities. As per an NDTV report Udayveer, the father of the deceased teenager said that doctors did not treat his son and later turned him away. Udayveer told the media that, ”The doctors only spared a few minutes for my son.” Udayveer said that he wasn’t told about an ambulance service.