In­dian state sus­pends hos­pi­tal chief

New Straits Times - - World -

NEW DELHI: The head of the hos­pi­tal where dozens of chil­dren died has been sus­pended, as of­fi­cials traded blame over cash short­falls that led to sup­plies of med­i­cal oxy­gen be­ing cut.

The Ut­tar Pradesh state, run by In­dia’s rul­ing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), sus­pended the head of the state-run BRD Med­i­cal Col­lege, Ra­jeev Misra, and or­dered an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

In­dian me­dia have said the deaths of 60 chil­dren, 34 in­fants among them, were caused in part by oxy­gen short­ages af­ter a pri­vate sup­plier cut the sup­ply over un­paid bills.

Hos­pi­tal of­fi­cials deny lack of oxy­gen caused the deaths, say­ing al­ter­na­tive sup­plies were found, and blamed many of the deaths in­stead on en­cephali­tis and un­spec­i­fied is­sues re­lated to de­liv­ery of the in­fants. Reuters

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