A doctor attached to a nursing home in rural Govandi professedly declined to treat an untimely infant as the guardians couldn’t pay the fundamental deposit in the wake of demonetisation, taking after which an case was enrolled against her. Jagadish Sharma, father of the infant, had filed a case in such manner with Shivajinagar police headquarters in the city. The doctor has been booked for negligence, disobeying order, DCP Shahaji Umap said.
On November 8, Sharma’s wife Kiran, who was pregnant, was admitted to the nursing home for tests, including sonography. She was required to deliver an infant around December 7. On November 9, Kiran started giving birth prematurely and gave birth to a boy at home before she could be taken to clinic. A while later the mother and the kid were hurried to the nursing home.
The woman doctor administered preliminary treatment but allegedly refused to treat the baby further unless Sharma, a carpenter by profession, paid a deposit of Rs 6,000 in notes of less than Rs 500 denomination, police said.
Sharma claimed that he asked for quite a while for getting the Rs 500 notes changed into lower- value currency however the doctor rejected and turned them away.
The mother and the child were taken to another hospital where the baby’s condition intensified and he died before getting treatment, as per the complaint.
“Today we registered a case against the doctor for causing death by negligence (IPC section 304A) and disobedience of order duly promulgated by public servant (IPC section 188),” said Shahaji Umap, Deputy Commissioner of Police, zone VI.
There were clear instructions from the state government to hospitals that they must continue to accept Rs 1,000 and 500 notes and a circular to this effect had been issued, the DCP said.
“In our investigation we found that the baby died due to refusal by the doctor to treat him,” the officer said.