Kolkata: There was no medical negligence
in the death of 18 babies at the state-run B C Roy Children`s
Hospital here but the infrastructure was not up to the mark, a
probe panel said Friday.
"No medical negligence or human lapse was found on
inquiry," Health Secretary M N Roy told reporters at Swasthya
Bhavan after the government probed the deaths at the eastern
region`s largest paediatric referral hospital.
Noting that most of the babies were brought to the
hospital in a "very critical condition", he said 13 of those
who died had respiratory trouble and four low birth weight.
Roy said the inquiry report stressed on need for
development of medical infrastructure in the hospital where a
special unit was supposed to be built for new-born babies.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who holds the health
portfolio, yesterday ordered an inquiry into the death of the
babies and warned of stern action against anybody found
Families of the babies and local people barged in
yesterday and blocked the road before the hospital before
being dispersed by police.