Bengaluru: Health Minister K Sudhakar has directed to initiate a probe into the death of a pregnant woman from Tamil Nadu who was allegedly denied from the Tumakuru District hospital due to a lack of documents.
He said that after visiting the hospital, he ordered an investigation and strict action in this case. “Prima facie, three of the nurses in charge of the maternity ward and the on-duty doctor are found to be negligent. I have ordered their immediate termination and further investigation,” he said on Friday November 4.
“I have asked a three-member committee, to be led by the Commissioner of the Health Department, to investigate and submit the findings in two weeks,” he added.
The woman went to the hospital after experiencing labour pains on Wednesday. There, she was asked to provide a Thayi card, which is given to pregnant people in Karnataka, as well as the hospital’s OPD card. The woman was denied treatment as she was unable to produce any of these documents. She died along with her twin babies while delivering them at home Thursday.
He said that for the last 36 hours, police had been trying to contact the woman’s family. No matter what state the woman is from, she should have received medical attention at the hospital for humanitarian grounds. The entire public health system is now distrusted as a result of this incident, he claimed.
Sudhakar warned that if the doctor and nurses were found guilty, they would be dismissed and face legal action.