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Gross Negligence at Fortis, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi

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Ria Pandit from New Delhi lost her father due to gross negligence. Read on what happened to her Dad at Fortis Hospital, Vasant Kunj.

Unhygienic conditions lead to Sepsis infection in surgery patients. Fortis very well knows they are killing people, but without oversight, they don’t value human life.

 

Though Fortis Group is recognized as one of the best in the medical fraternity with a huge empire to boast of, my experience at Fortis Hospital, Vasant Kunj turned into a nightmare in just 7 days. My father was admitted here under Dr. Sabyasachi Bal and Dr. Rakesh Kumar with a ‘promise and assurance of quality life’. My father was in doubt that his lungs carried anything malignant and these doctors suggested that through means of a biopsy, underlying problems will come out clear in the picture and it’s a very safe process. He was admitted for a procedure called Plueroscopy/ thocacoscopy(biopsy of the lungs) purely to get a satisfaction although all the previous reports were clear and he was doing fine. We were also informed that it was only a 45 mins procedure and he should revive back the next day.

The day his surgery was performed and for the next 3 days my father showed signs of improvement and the biopsy results were clear too. However, on the 4th day he abruptly acquired an infection(where we were hoping that the doctors would shift him out of the ICU). He was unable to breathe properly. We weren’t told about the cause of infection by any of the doctors and they kept shunning our queries until we scanned the reports ourselves and found out that the infections were due to bacterias which are hospital-borne. My father was put on 100% life support on the 5th day of his stay as the infection spread all over his body in 24-48 Hrs. What surprised us the most was that the doctors at the ICU were carefree after putting him onto the ventilator and showed untimeliness in giving the right antibiotics. Knowing that his body showed increased swelling day by day( sign of septic, septicemia) which is no ordinary condition, we were told that this is due to the clogged food in his wind pipe and it was nothing but gas accumulation hence the swelling. They kept on experimenting on him, performing all the not-required tests on him building on the bill for the family to bear.

The ICU where he was kept was the most unhygienic one could imagine. There were uncovered dustbins right next to the beds and flies wandering over his body and the only remedy they had was to remove the flies by means of an electric fly swatter. 24 hrs visitors were allowed inside. We were shocked to see the condition of the ICU but were helpless about it. My father’s condition kept deteriorating and the doctors had no answers to us in fact when we told them we know about the bacteria so we were told straight off “We are living in India, bacterias are very common and they live on our palms too”.

My father succumbed to his condition and died on the 7th day due to negligence of the doctors and the hospital that caused Septicemia in his body. The bacterias which came out clear in his blood reports were Pseudomonas and MRSA. We were horrified to know about these when we Googled that such levels of bacterias breed in hospitals like Fortis. Had they maintained a decent standard of hygiene and treated him well on time, he would have lived his life the way he had dreamt of before being admitted to this hospital and getting my elder sister married which he was so looking forward to.

Interestingly, Dr Bal admitted that he was “not denying that this is because of negligence and that the bacterias were hospital borne” and that he was only “sorry for whatever happened” but “it was not in his hands“, the case was an ICU case. That was the attitude we got from a doctor who states “22 years of experience in AIIMS”.

Well, I know how valuable life is. My daddy wanted to live, live for many more years and he certainly did not deserve such a painful death. He was a fighter. He was a true army man.

I cannot get him back but this review can certainly help alarm someone of the practices this hospital performs and the kind of senior doctors it has.

IT’S THE WORST HOSPITAL TO GO TO!

Sanitation: India can’t meet target before 2054

The WHO/UNICEF joint monitoring programme for water supply and sanitation has said that at its present pace, India would take time till 2054 to meet its millennium development goals 2015 on sanitation. Orissa will take the longest time — till 2160 — to reach there, according to a worldwide survey released on Tuesday.

Hospital to Pay $4700 for Leaving a Needle in Body

 

ShreeJeewan HospitalA city-based private hospital has been asked by a consumer forum in the national capital to pay Rs 3.1 lakh as compensation to a woman after one of its doctors left a needle in her body after delivering her baby.

Doctors from Mangeshkar Hospital held for negligence

Observing that the needle left inside the complainant not only caused her pain but also contributed to her excess bleeding, the Central District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum said had the concerned doctors of Shree Jeewan Hospital been more vigilant, then the trauma caused to her could have been avoided.

“The needle which was left in the body caused pain, mental agony and contributed in excess bleeding. If the doctors concerned of the hospital would have been more vigilant then trauma of the complainant could have been avoided.

Read the full story here…

Our Opinion

What kind of laws of Delhi Medical Council makes it okay to have a clean chit over a medical error that could have possibly resulted in the loss of the patient. The doctors’ response to the needle they left in the body was “slipped while swelling” which is not a good reason for their clean chits. The compensation for all the excessive bleeding, pain and mental agony is only 3 .1 lakhs ($4700). What if she to have complications later in her life due to this leftover needle or if she is incapable of having another baby.

Few Important Points

  • Compensation for leaving the needle in her body is only $4700.
  • Doctors are given clean chit for their negligence by Delhi Medical Council.

 

Fake doctors – Greed In Medical Colleges

BHOPAL: A Munnabhai MBBS scenario unfolded in Madhya Pradesh as six government medical colleges were found to be training at least 114 potential doctors who gained admission by fraud. The fear is there may be several doctors from these institutions who would have got in the same way and graduated and may be currently practicing.

A government probe found that the students, mostly from rich families, had been joining MBBS courses since 2009 by paying crores between them to hire practicing doctors and talented medical students from UP, Bihar and elsewhere to write the pre-medical test on their behalf, forging photographs and signatures.

Medical education department sources said the middlemen had charged Rs 10 lakh to Rs 20 lakh from each student.

Read the whole story.

Despite the fact that it is old news the depth of this issue still needed to be understood by our government. If you search fake doctor on NDTV.com you will see a huge list of news on how many fake doctors are arrested daily. It shows how many doctors there still are in India treating you or your family members at this very moment. Just a few days an impostor was running a ADARSH TRAUMA CENTER  in GURGAON and got arrested. It is shameful how there is no deep background checks on doctors when they’re given permission to treat patients. It is important that the government create a strict system otherwise these impostors are gonna keep flowing into hospitals.

Things that impostors are capable of doing are plenty. A few examples are molesting a patient, steal valuables from patients, misdiagnose patients, make as much money as real doctor, etc. and impostors are been found in even prestigious hospitals like Nagpur Hospital.

It is sad to hear that medical colleges are more of a business than an institution. Medical Colleges seems to accept anyone with MONEY It is one of the reasons why America doesn’t accept India’s medical degrees. With thousands of doctors born every year in India, we are still scared for the future of healthcare in India could only hope for the best. Let’s hope that Medical Council of India keeps continuing to arrest more impostors than the new ones that are making their way into the medical industry.

Important Points:

    • Watch out for impostors in the hospital you attend. Verify with officials if needed
    • Indian Medical Colleges are a business more than an institution

Top 10 Countries with the BEST HOSPITALS

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According to latest report here is ranking list of top ten countries with top level hospitals in the world .(prepared by WHO) according to expenses, medical facilities, health care system and some of other important factors.

HospitalStandards.org Gets Support From Celebrities

 

Varun Tandon recently met with few Indian-American/Canadian celebrities and had a chat about HospitalStandards.org.  They were all very Empathetic and supportive of HospitalStandards.org’s goals.

Here are a few who pledged support to HospitalStandards and the petition here: Tell Fortis healthcare install Allergy Alert system in their Hospital Pharmacies.

 

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Raghav is a well-known Canadian Indian Actor, Executive Producer and Singer-Songwriter  who sang the latest popular song “Ishq Shava” from the box office hit movie Jab Tak Hai Jaan.  This year, he launched his newest album Fire which has already been nominated for Canadian Radio Music Awards for the Best Single of the Year, HOT AC, and CHR Award.

In the past, he has been listed as one of the top ten artists in UK and Canada from his popular first album Storyteller. In 2005, he won the Best Artist, Best Single, Best Newcomer and the Best Chart Act awards from the singles of his first album.

Check out his latest songs at Raghav.com.

 

 

Cas AnvarCas Anvar is a well-respected versatile and exciting Canadian actor, born and raised in Canada.  He is acting in the movie “Diana” which is to be released on September 2013 in UK. The movie is about the princess Diana and her secret love affair with Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan.

He has been a part of over 50 major roles in both film and television. He can be identified from popular movies such as Source Code, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, The Terminal, Argo, etc. He has also been part of several well-known video games like Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Halo 4, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, and so many more.

To know more about him visit CasAnvar.com.

 

 

NakulNakul Dev Mahajan is best-known as an American Bollywood dancer and choreographer on So You Think You Can Dance. He is the founder and artistic director of the first Bollywood Dance Troupe in southern California under his dance company, NDM Bollywood Dance Productions.

Nakul has been dancing for the past 18 years since the age of 8. He graduated from University of California, Riverside with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology. He has been inspired by the Bollywood icon, Amitabh Bachchan and American Idol judge, Paula Abdul. Due to his popularity in America is known as the “Hollywood’s Favorite Bollywood Choreographer”.

If you’re passionate and interested in learning the art of Bollywood dancing, join his classes at NDM Dance.

 

Ravi Kapoor

Ravi Kapoor is an English actor with an Indian heritage who has worked for ten years in England and moved to LA after and married his wife, Meera Simhan. He and his wife, Meera Simhan,  have scripted and will star in a new movie called “Miss India America. The Movie”  which is based on a comedy where election and legally blonde meets the world of Indian-American beauty pageants. Make their script come on screen by supporting them on Kickstarter.

He is best known for his roles in the show “Crossing Jordan ” which he has also  directed a number of award winning shorts. He has been a part of many popular TV shows such as Gideon Crossing, 24, Heroes, Grey’s Anatomy, The Mentalist, Numb3rs, etc.

For more info visit his IMDB page.

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    Woman Dies of Alleged Anaesthesia Overdose – Medical Negligence

Woman Dies of Alleged Anaesthesia Overdose – Medical Negligence

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diagram healtcareBANGALORE: A 37-year-old homemaker died after she was allegedly administered an overdose of anaesthesia at a private hospital here on Friday afternoon.

Vyshali Jain, wife of textile merchant Bharat L Jain and resident of Akkipet, was admitted to Ganesh Nursing Home, which also goes by the name Diagram Health Care, at Mehkri Circle on Friday morning.

Deepak B, a family member, said Vyshali was admitted to the hospital for removal of a tumour in the uterus. “Dr Devaraj of the nursing home took her into the operation theatre at around 3.30pm. She was administered anaesthesia,” he told TOI.

Within minutes, the OT staff came out and asked the family members if Vyshali had epilepsy. When the relatives replied in the negative, the staff told them she had started shivering. More on Times Of India

Our Opinion

No hospital is willing to take the responsibility of this 37-year-old after overdosing her. Fortis denies that they are responsible for her loss because according to them Vyshali was dead even before she was brought in to the hospital. It doesn’t make sense why a hospital would take in a patient who is already dead. A doctor from Fortis calls this a medico-legal case. It is evident that they are just trying put the blame on each other. Dr. Devarah, the first doctor, ignores calls saying that he is busy with patients. OT staff is not supposed to come out and ask the patient’s members whether she had epilepsy or not, it should be written down on patients health history even before anything. This would not be the first time Fortis is trying to hide something, Fortis has been hiding doctor’s mistake many other times. Read the story of Varun Tandon’s mom here.

Few Important Points:

  • Medical negligence causes the life of a 37-year old by overdosing her with anaesthesia.
  • No hospital is willing to take the blame of her death.
  • Another news where Fortis Healthcare could be hiding their fault for their reputation.

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    6.4 Million Indians Suffer from Cancer and Bronchial Diseases

6.4 Million Indians Suffer from Cancer and Bronchial Diseases

A new report reveals that more than 6.4 million people in India are suffering from cancer and bronchial diseases despite the government’s claims to provide better healthcare.

Workers who are employed by the Beedi industry, the Indian version of cigar, are the main victims of bronchial diseases. Samsad, a factory worker elaborated on the spread of disease in the district and said: “As you can see it is very harmful. The disease is spreading in other houses as well.

A Life is worth less than $15000 at a Hospital in India

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Delhi-based St. Stephen’s Hospital has been directed by the apex consumer court to pay Rs 8 lakh to the widow of a private school teacher who was discharged despite being far from fit and died soon after due to medical negligence.

Roshani Devi, wife of Ram Niwas and resident of Haryana’s Rohtak district, pleaded before the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission that doctors at St. Stephen’s Hospital in north Delhi were negligent in discharging her husband, leading to his death within 13 days in 1996. Read more on IBNLive

Our Opinion:

First of all, the hospital covered up the gross negligence committed by the doctor for its reputation. Making an error is mistake but not treating the patient properly is even a bigger mistake. Even if there is doubt of abscess, good doctors do tests and failure to do is definitely an error in our terms. Secondly, is 8 lakhs enough for Roshani and their children in this expensive market of India? Is the life of human only worth 8 lakhs in India? There are so many cases in India that are going through the same exact situation. At least, Roshani was brave enough to make a case on gross negligence but what about others who do not even have the strength to fight against due to the low income. Lastly, the national commission took 17 years to enhance this compensation. Did they not think about compensating for Roshani and their children’s emotional agony?

Compensation Calculation In India

Compensation in India is based on the victim and how much he would’ve made in his lifetime based on his income. As compared to US, where the compensation is based on the victim’s family and their emotional distress. This means that no lawyer would want to fight for the victims as they would get low amount in commission as compared to the lawyers in US who are eager to help the victims. Ram Niwas was only 32 year old, how can government decide to only give 8 lakhs as his lifetime income.

Few Important Points From this Article:

  • Life is worth only 8 lakhs in Indian Hospitals.
  • Gross Negligence of the doctor caused the life of Ram Niwas.
  • Compensation in India is unfairly based on the expected lifetime earnings.

Apollo Hospital in Hyderabad – greedy? – a review

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Hospital reviewed: Apollo Hospital, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad

A couple of points from this experience – Our Opinion:

  •  At Apollo Hospital, Rs. 80,000+ ($2000) was quoted for a minor operation while at Vivekananda Hospital, it ended up costing just Rs. 15,000
  •  The 2 year child was NOT taken care of. Instead of offering the first aid, the doctor was more concerned about changing for the Operation.

Review/Story from Hyderabad – AS IS

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Once I went to the apollo hospital located at jubilee hills,hyderabad when my 2 year old daughter got her hand fractured. It was in the night time at around 9:00 p.m. I was told by the staff to take the child to the emergency wing. when i went there, i was told that an x ray was required urgently and the x ray was done and ready.  A junior doctor tried to treat the child and to my surprise, he did not know how to look at the x ray and he was asking another doctor to help him. finally they gave a pain killer to the child and were waiting for the professional orthopaedician. finally when he arrived, he swaw the child and the x ray and asked me to come aside. he started telling me that there is a need of an operation and it will cost me rs. 80,000/-. I was not having that huge amount with me at that time as i came urgently with a crying child. The doctor started telling me that the amount of 80,000/- will be for one hour operation and if it takes more time in the theatre, i will be charged extra. I asked him to do the first aid by tying a cement bandage for that night and i will decide for the operation and come to the hospital the next day. Then suddenly the doctor turned out like a broker and he was asking me to select the room and tell him whether i wanted a a/c room or a normal room. Then i told him seriously that the baby was not able to bear the pain and told him to put the bandage immediately. Then he started putting the bandage and after completing he told me to to come as soon as possible the next day. I clearly understood that something fishy was going on there and settled the bill and came back home with the child. We spent that night with the baby crying with pain and in the morning i went to vivekananda hospital located at somajiguda, hyderabad and i was told by the doctor there that a minor operation was required and i agreed. Then finally the operation was successful and along with the room charges and i was charged only rs. 15,000/- and the operation was the same as i was suggested in the apollo hospital. If i accepted for the operation that night, then i would have paid nearly rs 1,00,000/-  there whih is equal to the ost of 7 such operations. so, i suggest the people not to go to such hospitals and come into their words. Apollo hospitals is drinking the blood of the poor people literally by using such tricks and creatin a fers in the patients.

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