Under fire, PGI now decides on external inquiry
Does not reveal names of experts; will be announced today
CHANDIGARH: Committing one mistake after another in the Anupama death case, the PGI administration finally announced on Sunday that it would mark a fresh inquiry into the matter by external experts.
This is for the first time in the recent history of the institute that an external inquiry will be conducted into the death of a patient due to the alleged negligence of PGI doctors.
A press release issued by the institute on Sunday said, “After consideration of the inquiry report submitted by the committee constituted to look into the death of Anupama, the PGI administration has decided to further expand the scope of the inquiry, for which a committee with external experts is being constituted.”
However the institute did not reveal the names of the experts. “A decision on the names of experts will be taken on Monday,” said PGI spokesperson Manju Wadwalkar.
According to sources in the faculty of the institute, it is for the first time in the recent history of the PGI that the institute is getting an inquiry conducted into the death of a patient from outside experts. “The incident has dented the image of the institute,” said a senior faculty member on condition of anonymity.
“We hope that they take our version this time,” Anupama’s mother Kanika Sarkar told HT.
From the very onset, the inquiry was a non-serious exercise. Two of the four probe committee members were found out of town and replaced only after the media highlighted the matter.
The third member was head of the orthopaedics department, which had attended on the patient. The committee did not bother to take the version of Anupama’s family members.
The inquiry report, released to the media by PGI director Dr YK Chawla on Saturday, turned out to be a sham. It failed to fix responsibility for the death of the patient and did not go beyond suggestions. Chawla was ill at ease defending the institute when confronted by mediapersons with pointed questions.
Anupama, a student of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 18, was brought to the PGI on July 17 afternoon after her leg was crushed under the rear tyre of a CTU bus. She died at the PGI a week later.