Rampant abuse of power by hospital staff
T S Sudhir
Saturday, May 10, 2003 (Hyderabad):
In the horrible baby mix up in Hyderabad, the police are still searching for Latha's missing baby boy.
Hyderabad's Maternity hospital from where the baby boy was stolen last month, is now organizing a special baby show
Since it is proving tough to locate most of the male babies born at the same time as Latha's son, because
of insufficient address, the investigation team has now decided to rely on the postman.
The hospital has written letters
to parents of all the male babies discharged from the hospital between April 16 and 21. They have been asked to bring the
babies to the hospital for a check-up.
"A larger number of babies can be covered and we can check the possibility of
interchange,'' says Dr Umamaheswara Rao, Superintendent, Maternity Hospital.
The entire episode should ideally be a
wake-up call for the Health Ministry to put its house back in order. Especially in a hospital like this which handles 46 deliveries
everyday on an average.
The police have already expressed its dissatisfaction over the way the hospital records are
On their part the parents, say they have to be more careful now with their newborns, particularly since
the hospital staff wields so much power.
"We had to pay up between Rs 200 and 250 only to see the baby. They would
not show us the baby's face till we gave them the money,'' says a parent.
As a first step, the hospital is now appointing
private security guards to regulate who enters and leaves the premises.