The PGI has justified the delay in operating upon Anupma, a student whose leg was crushed under a CTU bus and who later died in PGI in July. The victim’s father filed a case before the Chandigarh Consumer Commission seeking punitive damages from the CTU and the PGI.
In a reply submitted to the Chandigarh Consumer Commission, the PGI authorities have stated that surgeons could not operate on Anupma earlier as eight serious cases of open fracture injury were already lined up for them before Anupma was brought to the PGI on July 17.
The PGI reply says that she was taken for operation on July 19, but did not respond to anesthesia. Surgeons finally operated on her on July 20 but she died on July 24. On being asked why Anupma was not referred to another hospital in view of the rush at the PGI, the PGI replied that it is itself a referral hospital and cannot refer a patient to another institution. The plaintiff’s lawyer pointed out that PGI the delayed surgery even knowing that Anupma had contracted gangrene.
In its reply, the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking stated that the bus was already moving when Anupma tried to board it. The plaintiff objected that the FIR stated that she had board the bus but later fell down. CTU admitted that the bus was not insured but added that government vehicles are exempted from insurance.
The Consumer Commission has now asked the PGI authorities and General Manager of the CTU to file a detailed affidavit on November 16.
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