A nursing home at City Centre of Durgapur is under scanner

A private nursing home at City Centre locality of Durgapur has been put under scanner by Durgapur Municipality Corporation (DMC). The local civic body has sought the intervention of the Chief Medical Officer of Health of Asansol Health District and inquire into the alleged ‘cheating and misrepresentation’ of facts by the private nursing home of the City Centre area in Durgapur.

A lawyer with the Durgapur Court, Mr Tusar Gupta, lodged a police complaint and also registered an official grievance with the DMC bringing charges of ‘misrepresentation of facts on CT Scan facility’ by the nursing home.

Mr Tushar Gupta blamed the nursing home’s negligence for his father Dilip Gupta’s death. Dilip Gupta, a retired state government official, was admitted to the nursing home on 5 November.

Mr Gupta said: “My father essentially required a CT scan after sustaining injuries and the nursing home claimed that it was equipped with the facility. But the nursing home, in the next four days shifted my father to other locations for the purpose of CT scan though its notice board maintained that it had the facility. This delay in delivering the necessary treatment ultimately killed my father.”

The civic body after a primary inquiry found that the CT scan machine of the nursing home was out of order since 22 October.

Mrs Lovely Roy, MIC (Health) DMC, said: “During our inquiry it was found that the nursing home didn’t specify that their CT scan machine was non-operational, which was in contravention of the provisions of Clinical Establishment Act.”

According to the civic body, the careless approach of the nursing home and its attempts to maximise profits had resulted in many patient deaths. Successive deaths of elderly patients at this very nursing home in recent years, has angered locals as well.

Mrs MIC (Health) of local civic body said: “In an official communication to the CMOH yesterday, we have sought a detailed inquiry by senior health experts and stern action against the nursing home that has been admitting patients with false promises.”

Meanwhile, Dr Ashrubindu Chatterjee, director of the nursing home, on countering the allegation said: “The patient party was told that our device was not working. We didn’t cheat them.”

He however added: “Ours’ is a second hand machine and it breaks down often.”

The Asansol CMOH’s office is all set to conduct a detailed probe into the charges.

Mrs Shakuntala Sarkar, ACMOH, Durgapur said: “We are constituting an inquiry committee to carry out a detailed probe.”

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