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Lalita Phulawale, 25, had come to the Kamala Nehru hospital after complaining of labour pains. The doctor on duty, who is pursuing a post-MBBS diploma course deduced from her medical report that she would give birth in day or two and sent her home. Later that night, the woman was rushed back to the hospital after complaining of labour pains.
When she arrived at the hospital, she received no medical assistance and delivered a stillborn baby at the hospital's doorstep. The hospital authorities said that the nurses had either gone back home after duty or were in the operation theatre.
The doctor was served a show-cause notice to explain his actions. His reply was deemed unsatisfactory and he has been suspended.
City health chief S T Pardeshi said, "The doctor's written explanation to the show-cause notice issued to him on Tuesday was discussed at a meeting attended, among others, by additional municipal commissioner Naresh Zurmure on Thursday. The explanation given by the doctor was found to be unsatisfactory and it was decided to suspend him till further inquiry."
The civic body's child death audit committee will look into the case within a month's time. "The committee will review the details of the case after which a final decision on the quantum of punishment will be taken," Pardeshi said. The committee, which is headed by Pardeshi, consists of paediatricians from hospitals run by the corporation as well as state-run Sassoon Hospital, a nodal officer in reproductive child health, and others.
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