Kolkata: The Patient Welfare Wing of the Calcutta Medical College and Hospital has decided to do away with the ‘Ayaraj’ or the special attendant system following the new born theft on Tuesday. The state government, on Wednesday, intervened and ordered an internal investigation into the new born theft matter .
The Patient Welfare Wing president Nirmal Maji has stressed that even the kin of patients cannot pose as special attendants. Relatives are barred from staying alongside the patient, besides those having blood links. Identity cards will be issued to both the parties to establish familial links.
The investigation is to be conducted by a committee with the head of Medical College’s maternity ward and Sick Newborn Care Unit’s chief. Also more CCTVs will be installed in the ward.
The accused Chinmoyee Bej and husband Prasanta Bej has been remanded into police custody with charges of child theft till March 24 by the Bankshall court. DNA test will be conducted on Chinmoyee Bej. The family of the new born asked for CCTV footage to locate Bej but authorities denied stating the CCTVs are non functional. An ememergency meeting was qucikly called.
Meanwhile, the meeting convened by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee saw the presence of Chief Secretary, Home Secretary and high officials of the Health department. State Police DG Surajit Purakayastha and CP Rajiv Kumar was also attending.
Post the meeting, Purakayastha said that necessary steps will be taken to beef up the security across the hospitals in the state. A three member committee has been formed which includes DG, CP and Health Secretary. The committee will keep a tab on the security regulations.
The Block health centres also come under scanner. Anyone making false propaganda will be booked. Involvement in child trafficking will bring severe punishment.