Plea in Delhi HC Over Man’s Death after 4 Hospitals Deny Treatment

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A plea has been filed in the Delhi High Court, drawing attention to a recent incident where a man, who jumped out of a moving police van, reportedly succumbed to his injuries as four government hospitals in the national capital allegedly denied him treatment.

The application highlights the incident that occurred between the late evening of January 2 and early morning of January 3, widely reported by various media outlets.

According to the application, the 47-year-old injured patient, Pramod, died as he was denied admission by four government hospitals due to the unavailability of necessary facilities, including a CT Scan, ICU/Ventilator bed, and the absence of a communication network between the hospitals in the national capital.

The plea alleges that Jag Pravesh Chandra (JPC) Hospital initially referred the injured patient, Pramod, to Guru Teg Bahadur (GTB) Hospital. However, GTB Hospital did not admit the injured man citing the non-availability of a CT Scan. Subsequently, Lok Nayak Hospital (LNJP) refused admission, stating the unavailability of an ICU/Ventilator bed. Finally, when the injured man was brought back to JPC Hospital, he was declared dead at 5:45 am on January 3.

The plea contends that the facts reveal a commission of criminal negligence on the part of the said hospitals, whether run by the Delhi Government or the Central Government, leading to the death of the injured man, Pramod.

Had the 47-year-old man with injuries been admitted to any of the said hospitals and provided with proper treatment, his life could have been saved.

The petition is scheduled for a hearing on January 8 in the Delhi High Court.

The plea seeks a directive to the Central Government and Delhi Government to investigate the matter and submit its report to the court. It also demands punishment for persons or authorities responsible for such alleged criminal negligence.

The application has been filed in an ongoing matter where the Delhi High Court took suo moto cognizance of a news report detailing the death of a newborn child due to the unavailability of an ICU bed in any Government Hospital.

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