After the authorities of Balurghat General Hospital suspended the accused nurse, who “accidentally” cut off the thumb of an 8-day-old baby while trying to cut the leucoplast, chief minister Mamata Banerjee demanded that the nurse be sacked from her job.
The baby, who was suggested to be taken to North Bengal Medical College and Hospital (NBMCH) in Siliguri after the incident happened, had to return back to Balurghat General Hospital after NBMCH admitted to not having a plastic surgeon.
Babla Mondal and Mamoni Mondal, the baby’s parents have now been sent to Seth Sukhlal Karnani Memorial (SSKM) Hospital in Kolkata where a surgery was performed on their daughter.
Mamata Banerjee, who is the state’s health minister as well; went to SSKM Hospital yesterday to attend a programme for the opening of a paediatric cath lab unit there.
She said that the nurse should have been more careful in treating the child and termed her act to be “sheer nonsense.”
She added: “This can never be tolerated. I feel those committing such acts, should lose their jobs immediately.”
According to Calcutta Telegraph, Swasthya Bhavan (Health Department) officials stated that they are currently performing an initial investigation against the nurse, Rakhi Sarkar, following which a formal chargesheet will be given to her. A second round of investigation will take place after that.
The same report quoted a health department official, saying that after the second round of investigation gets over, the final judgment will be declared. “We already have enough proof that the nurse was negligent. Steps are being taken so that we can take stringent action against her,” a health department official added.
The health department has also given a showcause notice to the superintendent of Balurghat General Hospital and asked for an explanation as to why the baby was sent to NBMCH – 300 kilometres away from Balurghat and not Kolkata – 400 kilometres away, but where SSKM had the required infrastructure.
Chief Minister said that if necessary they will make amendments in the law in order to give punishment to those who commit acts of medical negligence.
“It is okay that she has been suspended. But after what she has done, she has no right to continue in her job,” she added.
The state government has promised to carry out the entire expense for the child’s treatment.