Kullu doctors face relatives ire over patient’s death

Kullu: Police intervention earlier today saved doctors at regional hospital Kullu from angry relatives of a 60 year old patient who died. The relatives were furious about alleged negligence in treating the patient.

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Pritam Katoch, a welder, sustained injuries at work at Shastrinagar locality and was rushed to the hospital by his relatives. The doctors could not save him and the 60 year old accident victim died in hospital during the late hours on 2nd August.

In a fit of rage, the deceased’s son damaged doors and windows of the hospital. The relatives joined him in accusing the doctors of negligence and delay in treatment. Calm was only restored after the police intervened.

YD Sharma, Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Kullu when contacted by Hill Post denied allegations of any negligence. He said, “The patient died due to excessive bleeding as his main blood vessel of arm was badly damaged. Doctor did everything possible, provided immediate first aid but despite all efforts Pritam Katoch could not be saved. All allegations about negligence are baseless and untrue.”

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Sanjay Sharma, deputy superintendent of police (DSP) told Hill Post, “the situation at the Kullu regional hospital last night got really tense when relatives of patient who died got aggressive. The chief medical officer and Superintendent of Police (SP), Padam Chand arrived on the spot and brought the situation under control.”

Only last week Himachal Pradesh Medical Officers Association had lodged a strong protest over manhandling of a lady doctor at Sanj hospital in Kullu.

On behalf of the association President Dr Sant Lal Sharma had demanded strict action against the perpetrators of the violence.

The association has also demanded adequate security in hospitals for doctors to discharge their duties.

A theater artist, a script writer and a TV anchor, news is something that grips Renuka. She lives in Kullu.

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