Three Member Committee constituted to probe allegations levelled against Lifeline Hospital Zirakpur has submitted its report to the District Magistrate SAS Nagar.
The findings have established over-charging and grave lapses in medical record management by the Hospital Authorities, informed Deputy Commissioner Girish Dayalan.
The enquiry report mentions the rates charged by the hospital to be “exorbitantly high” and it was found that the hospital was as of now sans NABH (National Accredited Board of Hospitals) certification, according to the press release by Mohali administration.
The claims made by the hospital that patient was being treated as per medical protocols also fell flat as the hospital could not produce any medical treatment record of the patient.
In fact, the entire medical record management system was found to be faulty. The claim of the hospital authorities that they had given LAMA ( left against medical advice) to the patient’s family to shift the patient to other hospital could not be established as the hospital could not produce any documentary evidence in this context.
The Committee was not provided with the stock register and neither payment received record was properly maintained; no payee PAN detail entries were maintained for any transaction above Rs. 1 lakh
The report read that “New Life line Hospital Zirakpur failed to show before the committee:- a. NABH (National Accredited Board of Hospitals) certificate b. Stock register c. Patient’s summary/ treatment record d. LAMA summary/ discharged certificate In view of above, it is ascertained that medical negligence on the part of New Lifeline Hospital, Zirakpur and the only treating doctor- Dr. Munish Goel, cannot be ruled out as no record pertaining to treatment has been put herewith.
3. The behavior of Dr. Munish Goel, the only treating doctor of New Lifeline Hospital Zirakour is not as per his profession, as he has been found very rude and violent towards patients and their attendants.
4. New Lifeline Hospital Zirakpur failed to submit the record and mode of payment done by the patient for/ during the treatment from the date of admission in hospital till death.
5. COVID-19 norm regarding bio-medical waste disposal and wearing of PPE kit etc. has not being adhered to. In view of above, it is found that the New Lifeline Hospital, Zirakpur is not following any protocol/guideline issued by State Government.
The rates they are charging for an ICU bed with ventilator are not as per norms issued by Govt. of Punjab vide order no. Covid-19/NHM/Pb/21/ 10280 dt. 08-03-2021. and are highly excessive.”
The Committee recommended a strict action should be taken under section 51 (b) & 58 of National Disaster Management Act 2005 and section 3 of Epidemic Disease Act 1897.
Pertinently, a deceased COVID 19 patient’s family had levelled allegations of over-charging and lapses in treatment on Saturday evening. Deputy Commissioner marked the enquiry to a three member committee of SDM, DSP and SMO and had sought a written report in 24 hours.