POST TIME: 6 July, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Max Hospital in ChattoGram
DGHS serves show-cause notice over huge irregularities

DGHS serves show-cause notice over huge irregularities

A team, led by the Director General of Health Services (DGHS), has found as many as 11 inconsistencies in the functioning of the Chattogram Max Hospital, where two-and-half-year-old Raifa Khan, daughter of journalist Rubel Khan, died allegedly due to medical negligence on June 30.  

The DGHS has asked the hospital authorities to submit necessary documents within 15 days, failing which the hospital will be closed and its licence will be cancelled.

Dr Kazi Jahangir Hossain, director (Hospital & Clinics) of the DGHS, who visited the hospital, last Sunday, signed the show-cause notice on July 3.

The three-member team, led by Dr Kazi Jahangir Hossain found a number of anomalies with the functioning of the hospital. The hospital didn’t renew its licence as per rules. At present, the hospital has 150 beds as against the sanctioned limit of 80.

No appointment letters for doctors were found. The same is the case with nurses. There are no lists of specialist doctors; the DGHS also did not find any appointment letters of cleaners and other workers.

The probe team also did not get necessary papers for pathologists working with the hospital. It was found that there was no blood bank. Chattogram Union for Journalists (CUJ) and Chattogram Press Club (CPC) yesterday in a joint press briefing said the DGHS had given a show-cause notice to the Max Hospital authorities.  Reading out the show-cause notice, CPC president Kalim Sarwar has said the hospital is being run illegally. “It should be closed immediately and Anti-Corruption Commission must begin investigation into all the irregularities,” Sarwar added.

CPC secretary Suklal Das, CUJ president Nazim Uddin Shymol and general secretary Hasan Ferdous said: “The hospital was established breaching the government rules. Many patients died of medical negligence. The certificate of Dr Liakat Ali, managing director of the hospital, should be cancelled and the hospital must be shut down.” They also demanded a thorough probe into Raifa’s death. The CUJ, however, said their movement was not against all the doctors, but against those whose negligence led to Raifa’s death. The certificates of the doctors responsible for Raifa’s death should be cancelled, the CUJ said.

When contacted, Dr Liakat Ali said: “We’ve given all the documents to the probe team. I will reply to the show-cause notice. If the hospital is closed, people will suffer and many workers will lose their job.”

A human chain was formed by Samakal Surid to protest the medical negligence leading to the death of Raifa in front of Chattogram press club yesterday. Another demonstration was held at the premises of the Patiya Press Club.

Abu Taher Chowdhury, president and Zahed Sarwar, general secretary of Cox’s Bazar Union for Journalists, demanded exemplary punishment for the doctors responsible for Raifa’s death and closure of the hospital.