A case of alleged medical negligence which caused the death of 14 years old female patient surfaced in District Headquarters Hospital Attock on Tuesday. Massive protest by the family members of the deceased patient forced the Police to register a case against the said doctor and health authorities to suspend the doctor and initiating departmental inquiry against him for his alleged negligence.
According to the first information report registered with the City police station, complainant Yasmeen Bibi- a resident of Mullah Mansoor alleged that she brought her 14 years old daughter Liayba Bibi to the ENT specialist at District Headquarters Hospital Attock as she was feeling pain in her throat where the said doctor suggested surgery. She said that her daughter was taken to Operation Theater but after half hour the said doctor came out and got signed some papers which she signed as she is un educated and after few moments her daughter dead body was handed over to her. “My daughter walked in to operation theater on her feet for throat operation and she was brought dead by doctors” She told newsmen while crying in pain and agony. “Owing to alleged negligence of the doctors, her daughter expired”. She alleged.
Deceased patient relatives turned angry over her death and they started violent protest in the hospital. After receiving information, the health authorities along with police rushed to the hospital and dispersed the angry relatives by assurance legal and departmental action against the said doctor. Later city police registered a case under 322 Pakistan Panel Code (PPC) and started further investigation. When contacted, Medical superintendent (MS) Dr Khalid Mehmood confirmed the incident of death of young patient in District Headquarters Hospital Attock. Responding a question, he said that ENT specialist Dr Farrukh Younas has been suspended from service while departmental proceedings have also been initiated against him. Responding a question, he said that it is premature to say that the patient died due to overdose of anesthesia or wrong surgical procedure and it would be ascertained in autopsy of the patient as well as after completion of inquiry.