KEM hospital fire: Suspend dean, initiate third party inquiry, say corporators

Updated: 23 November, 2019 07:58 IST | A correspondent | Mumbai

Alleging that Dr RN Bharmal, medical director of civic-run hospitals, won't conduct a fair investigation into the fire incident and the quality of subsequent medical care given to Prince, the corporators demanded a third party inquiry.

BMC headquarters. (File photo)
BMC headquarters. (File photo)

The corporators at the Standing Committee meeting, held after two-and-a-half-month-old Prince Rajbhar died on Friday, demanded the resignation of KEM Hospital dean Dr Hemant Deshmukh. 

Alleging that Dr RN Bharmal, medical director of civic-run hospitals, won't conduct a fair investigation into the fire incident and the quality of subsequent medical care given to Prince, the corporators demanded a third party inquiry.

"Inquiry by Dr Ramesh Bharmal will not be a fair one. A third party intervention is needed," Ravi Raja, Opposition leader and Congress corporator, said.

They also lashed out at the BMC after Additional Municipal Commissioner Pravin Darade said the fire primarily looks like an accident but they are still awaiting a detailed report by Dr Bharmal. "Even before the police investigation is over, the BMC has declared the fire an accident. This is serious and maligns civic hospitals," Raja said.

SP MLA Rais Shaikh also demanded to know the cause of death and added, "I have also come to know that Prince was not looked after properly by the hospital."

BJP corporator Prabhakar Shinde said, "The dean of KEM should be immediately suspended."

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First Published: 23 November, 2019 07:08 IST

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