Man dies in Srinagar hospital allegedly due to doctors’ negligence

Srinagar: Doctors at a private hospital in Jammu and Kashmir’s summer capital Srinagar have been accused of negligence apparently leading to death of a 78-year-old man during post-operative treatment.

The patient – Haji Ali Mohammad – was operated upon in Florence hospital on Monday for removal of gallstones. However, his son – Ashiq Hussain – said that the doctors advised them to shift the patient to Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) for further treatment after he developed complications, although the doctors initially said that the operation was done successfully and the patient was doing well.

Ashiq said that his father passed away before they could realize the gravity of the situation and shift the patient to the other hospital. Doctors have declared heart attack as cause of the death, he said, while expressing his dissatisfaction with this claim. “My father died of doctors’ negligence. They gave him overdose of anesthesia that caused his death”, he alleged.

However, the hospital authorities denied the allegations saying that the patient died of cardiac arrest. “About half an hour after the surgery, the patient suffered myocardial infarction (a kind of cardiac arrest) following which he was shifted to SMHS hospital on ventilator support where he succumbed”, said Tauseef Bhat, a manager at the hospital. He said that the patient was conscious after the surgery.

Tauseef refused the allegations that the patient had been given overdose of anesthesia. He said the patient had no history of any cardiac disease and the surgery was conducted following proper investigation including echo, a sonogram of the heart. According to Tauseef, the patient was operated upon by a senior doctor. “People over the age of 45 are at a higher risk of a heart attack, and this can happen with anyone. The surgery went well, and the patient did not die of any post-operative complication”, he said.

Patient’s son Ashiq has lodged a complaint against the hospital authorities accusing them of negligence. He has sought strict action against the accused. “They are not doctors but butchers. I will fight for justice come what may,” he said.

A police official confirmed about registering the complaint against the hospital authorities at police station Saddar. He said that police have taken up the investigation in this regard.