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Hospital owner, 6 doctors booked for `wrong` medical report

PTI | Last Updated: Monday, January 13, 2014 - 18:05

Gurgaon: An owner of a prominent hospital here and six doctors have been booked for cheating, causing grievous hurt to a four-year-old girl and other charges following a court order after her parents complained that it had given a wrong test report of the child.

Siddharth Punia, a DLF resident, said he approached the court as the "wrong" medical report of their daughter Rutvi indicating that she was suffering from some serious disease had caused the family immense trauma and also alleged harassment by doctors.

Sushant Lok Police Station lodged an FIR against Malvinder Mohan Singh, the head of the Fortis hospital in Sector 44 on Delhi`s outskirts, and doctors Sanjeev K Choudhary, Neeraj Parkash, Ritu Chadha, Nandini Vasdev, Vineet Pant and Abhinav Singhal.

They have been charged under Sections 406 (criminal breach of trust), 420 (cheating), 465 (forgery), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating) and 328 (causing hurt by means of poison, etc. With intent to commit an offence) of IPC.

They have also been booked under sections 336 (act endangering life or personal safety of others), 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC.

Recalling his ordeal, Punia said his daughter had complained of joint pain in November last year and he took her to a a senior consultant and HOD Orthopaedics at the Fortis Hospital who referred them to a Paediatric Rheumatologist at Sir Gangaram Hospital, Delhi for expert opinion as there was no clinical finding of any abnormality in their child.
The doctor there found the child normal after clinical examination and suggested?to get complete hemogram blood count, LDH, Uric Acid, ESR & CRP tests conducted and that if the the tests are found abnormal the child`s bone scan be conducted.

He said the tests were conducted at Fortis SRL Lab, Gurgaon on December 4, and they were shocked to find high?Lactate Dehydrogenase?(LDH) count in the report which signified that the child could be suffering from some lethal disease like hemolysis, cancer or even HIV.

However, further tests confirmed that the report was wrong and they were made to consult a number of doctors.
Punia said they went through severe mental tension during the period and alleged that doctors at Fortis harassed them and did no help them to get the correct report.

He approached the court and the court directed the police to lodge the FIR.

A hospital spokesperson said that they would respond only after studying the court order.

First Published: Monday, January 13, 2014 - 18:05

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