Kolkata: The Kolkata Police on Monday started investigation on Apollo hospital to probe over-billing and negligence in treatment on the basis of complaint filed by deceased Sanjay Roy’s family. West bengal health department has constituted a 6 member panel to probe the negligence of the death of Sanjay Roy of Danukui, who died on 24 February due to alleged negligence in treatment at Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals located at EM Bypass in Kolkata.
The move comes day after the family of deceased Sanjay Roy lodged a complaint against Apollo Hospital at Phoolbagan police station alleging negligence in treatment, lack of transparency in treatment cost, and delaying releasing the patient over unpaid bill.
Subir Chatterjee, a special secretary in the health department, has been made the head of the probe panel. Five departmental heads from five state-run medical colleges in the city are its members. They include a general physician, an anaesthetist, and a gastroenterologist.
The terms of reference of the probe are-whether Apollo Hospitals started Roy’s treatment in time, whether the hospital followed all laid down procedures, was unnecessary tests / clinical examinations were performed on the patient, had there been any overbilling, and whether Apollo delayed referring the patient to the state-run SSKM Hospital. The panel has been asked to submit report within seven days.
Based on this, Phoolbagan police have already registered an FIR against Apollo Hospital authorities under Indian Penal Code sections 304A (causing death by negligence), 348 (extortion), 34 (crime committed with common intention).
Sanjay Roy (30) of Dankuni on the northern fringes of Kolkata was admitted to Apollo on 16 February following a motorbike accident. In eight days until 23 February, the hospital raised a bill of Rs 7.23-lakh although Roy was far from getting recovered.
It was then that his family asked Apollo authorities that they would not be able to afford to carry on with such a costly treatment and urged them to refer him to the state-owned SSKM Hospital in the city.
But according to the bereaved family, the hospital management declined to release him until and unless the bill was cleared in full. Under pressure, the family then paid whatever cash they could arrange and submitted fix deposit certificates as mortgage for the due.