A four-day-old infant died after her parents were shuttled between two wings of a government hospital in Uttar Pradesh’s Bareilly for over three hours on Wednesday.
The girl was born in a private hospital on June 15. She developed breathing difficulties on Wednesday morning, after which, her parents brought her to the government hospital in Bareilly.
According to the officials, the girl was brought to the men’s wing of the hospital, where paediatricians were available. However, the doctor on duty refused to examine the child and instead sent her family to the women’s wing, from where the child was sent back.
Due to the shuttle from one wing of the hospital to another the four-day-old baby lost her life.
As outrage over the episode grew, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath ordered the suspension of a doctor of one hospital wing and initiated departmental action against the official in charge of the other.
“I have ordered suspension of CMS of Male Hospital Bareilly on the negligence of duty and have ordered for departmental proceedings against CMS of Women Hospital. Any insensitivity by Govt. officials will not be tolerated in #NewUP,” Adityanath said in a tweet.
“The action was taken after a critically sick child was brought to Male Hospital, where sufficient paediatricians were available, but instead of stabilising the child and giving due treatment, he turned family away to Women Hospital. CMS of Women Hospital referred child back,” Adityanath added.