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Dy CM of UP orders probe in  patient’s body being left in freezer for 17 days in Noida government hospital

Noida / Lucknow : Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Brajesh Pathak ordered an investigation into the incident of a 70-year-old patient body being left unattended for 17 days in a mortuary at the Government Institute of Medical Sciences (GIMS) in Greater Noida. The GIMS said in a statement that the patient was admitted to the GIMS on July 22 after a brain stroke and passed away on September 23 after which the body was shifted to the mortuary. The person who brought the patient to the hospital remained inaccessible during the entire course of treatment.

The UP-State government in a press statement said “A serious case of (hospital authorities) forgetting a body after keeping it in a freezer for 17 days has come to light at the Government Institute of Medical Sciences in Greater Noida. Deputy CM Brajesh Pathak has taken cognizance of this highly sensitive incident. Orders have been given to investigate the matter. Instructions have also been given to the principal secretary of the Medical Education Department to seek clarification from the director of GIMS.”

On the other hand the GIMS said the person who got the patient admitted to the hospital could not be contacted over the phone despite several calls made to him and eventually it informed the officials of the local Kasna police station about it. “The entire treatment for over two months was provided free of cost to the patient and teams from multiple departments were looking after this patient,” the hospital said.