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India hospital chief suspended over child deaths

2017年 8月 13日 Sunday - 01:23

Rajeev Misra, head of a Gorakhpur hospital has been suspended after the deaths of dozens of children. Saskia O'Donoghue reports

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The head of an Indian hospital where dozens of children have died in recent days has been suspended, as officials trade blame over cash shortfalls that led to supplies of medical oxygen being cut. Rajeev Misra, head of the state-run BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur was suspended, as officials in the state of Uttar Pradesh ordered an investigation. Indian media reported the deaths of at least 72 children were caused in part by oxygen shortages, after a private supplier cut the supply over unpaid bills. Hospital officials deny lack of oxygen caused the deaths, saying alternative supplies were found, instead blaming many of the deaths instead on encephalitis and unspecified issues related to delivery of the infants. A representative of for Narendra Modi's cabinet said the Prime Minister was monitoring developments and that the federal government was ready to send more assistance. However, the issue of the unpaid bills for oxygen supply has become a flashpoint in relations between the hospital and the state government. The suspended hospital chief has accused state officials of not answering his requests for money. A claim that's been denied. Opposition parties have stepped up the pressure on the state government, demanding resignations.

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India hospital chief suspended over child deaths

2017年 8月 13日 Sunday - 01:23