In a shocking incident, a senior doctor at Agra’s SN Medical College instructed his junior to kill a patient and make him ‘run for blood’. Frustrated at being called for help at night, the doctor allegedly abused the patient and his parents and left him to die.
The incident has been caught on tape, reports TOI, in which the doctor allegedly tells his colleague to admit a young TB patient and kill him. The patient, Mukesh Prajapati, died shortly afterwards. He was 18 years old. Mukesh had been rushed to the hospital after he complained of severe pain in the stomach.
The incident was recorded by his father, Teekam Prajapati. He said, “At around 10 pm on Friday, I took my son, who was suffering from TB, to the hospital after he complained of a stomach ache. Doctors at the medicine ward were just not willing to listen to us. We noticed the phone number of the head of the surgery department (Dr Swetank Prakash) listed on the wall and I called him up from Mukesh’s phone. I made the head talk to his junior colleague who was standing with us. Mukesh was then admitted to the emergency ward,” the teenager’s father told TOI”.
A couple of hours later Mukesh was dead. When the family heard the recording they were shocked. Prakash told his colleague “Make sure you admit him, either in the medicine or surgery department, kill him, prescribe him units of blood, he will run away on his own”.
It was late into the night and there was no way possible that the patient’s family could arrange for blood transfusion. Their only hope was going to another hospital.
“We want action against the doctor for negligence,” said Teekam, alleging that doctors had also caused Mukesh’s death by injecting him with the wrong medicine. Teekam has a small snack stall in Khandari area of the city.
District authorities and senior health department officials said they would examine the allegations and the recording. Meanwhile, Mukesh’s parents have lodged a complaint against the Swetank Prakash and submitted a non-cognisable report (NCR) at the MM Gate police station.
When TOI contacted Prakash, he said, “The clip has been edited and doctored. I have not said all that. I instructed the junior doctors to provide immediate relief to the patient. He was a TB patient, not a surgery patient, but I asked the doctors to help him without caring about such things. This is an attempt to malign my image, but my fellow colleagues support me and I will continue with my service.”