In a country where we come across unforgivable cases of medical negligence every now and then, patients cannot afford to feel safe even after being admitted to the hospital. From improper treatment to sheer carelessness, hospital cadres failing to perform their duties responsibly have cost numerous sufferers, their lives.
And in a similar case of inattention, a former TV journalist passed away at Delhi’s Hedgewar Hospital on Friday.
Deepanshu Dubey, who has been living in the city for over a decade, had relentless chest pain on Friday. Without a second thought, he rushed himself to the emergency room of the government hospital and asked a friend to meet him there.
Quite shockingly, Dubey was asked to go and buy his medicines himself, after a preliminary examination. The man who was bearing a harsh chest ache, collapsed while standing in the line at the pharmacy. Describing the appalling moment, his friend Anjuman Gusain said,
“I am still in the state of shock. As soon as he called me, I rushed and reached the hospital in 30 minutes because I knew of his heart condition. When I reached, three or four doctors were huddled over him, pumping his chest.”
“Some people at the spot, including a cop, told me that he fell while standing in the queue of the pharmacy. That’s when I realised what had happened. How could the hospital staff ask a patient to go and buy his own medicines? We had been friends for many years now, working in the same field. It is like I lost my brother.”
According to DNA, Dubey’s cousins are currently at the capital filing an FIR against the hospital. They will also approach the Delhi Medical Council for a detailed investigation of the matter.
However, this is not the first time, Deepanshu met with a stroke. In 2017, he suffered a similar attack and had to be taken to a hospital.
Dubey was the only earning member in the family. He had worked for several reputed news channels in the past and had opened his own news portal. His family members included his parents, sister and his newlywed wife. His last rites were performed in Kanpur after his body reached the place on Saturday.