Gurugram Fortis hospital stares at license cancellation

The Haryana government has recommended cancellation of recognition to Gurugram’s Fortis Memorial and Research Institute (FMRI) following the death of seven-year-old Adya Singh due to alleged medical negligence.

A letter in this regard was sent to chairman of National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABHHP) by the director general of Haryana health services on December 9. MAIL TODAY has accessed a copy of the letter, in which the DG has pointed out negligence found during an investigation by a three-member committee headed by the additional director of the health department.

The panel’s report accuses the hospital of removing Adya from ventilators without any substitute arrangements and sending her in an ordinary ambulance despite the fact that her condition was very critical.

“Removing Adya from ventilator was a serious lapse done by hospital,” the letter said. The institute is also accused of overcharging by using expensive medicines.

“The hospital could have used generic medicines for the treatment of Adya instead of expensive allopathic medicine,” the letter also said. The DG also urged presidents of the Indian Medical Association and Medical Council of India to act against the hospital.

He has also written a letter to the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) for cancellation of the hospital’s land lease over violation of terms and conditions of allotment. According to health department guidelines, if any hospital is found guilty of flouting norms and negligence leading to death, there is a provision for licence cancellation.

When contacted, HUDA administrator Yashpal Yadav said did not receive any official copy from the state health department regarding the cancellation of land lease, assuring that once he receives the same, action will be taken accordingly.