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Delhi trauma centre ICU deaths: Two doctors dismissed

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Dec 06, 2012 at 08:59pm IST

New Delhi: The Delhi government on Thursday dismissed two doctors after five patients died at government-run Shushruta Trauma Centre after their oxygen supply was allegedly cut off during maintenance work. The doctors - Dr Teena Khurana and Dr Richa Gupta - who have been dismissed were incharge of repair and maintenance.

Meanwhile, a Delhi court rejected the bail plea of the two people, who arrested in connection with the case, and sent them to 14 days judicial custody. Metropolitan Magistrate Chhavi Kapoor remanded supervisor Madanlal Sharma and technician Amit Singh Katoch to judicial custody.

Madanlal and Amit were arrested following investigations into the incident which took place at Shushruta Trauma Centre in North Delhi on Tuesday. They both are employees of a private firm which had been given the contract for supplying Oxygen gas cylinders to the hospital and maintain its centralised gas plant.

On Tuesday five critically ill patients, who were on ventilator in intensive care unit, had died due to an alleged interruption in the oxygen supply from the centralised gas plant of the government-run hospital. The duo had the responsibility of regulating the oxygen supply, said the police.

One of them had allegedly switched off the oxygen supply while carrying out some repair work at the plant. Police have booked them under section 304A (causing death due to negligence) and 287 (negligent conduct with respect to machinery) of IPC after the Additional Medical Superintendent of the hospital filed a complaint.

(With additional information from PTI)

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