The Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court today (October 4) stayed the Uttar Pradesh government's order suspending the licence of Sanjay Gandhi Hospital in Amethi. A division bench of Justices Vivek Chaudhary and Manish Kumar said that an inquiry against the hospital would go on. The bench also asked the state to file its counter affidavit.
The hospital's licence was suspended on September 18, days after the death of a woman following an operation. The Sanjay Gandhi Hospital is run by Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Trust headed by Congress leader Sonia Gandhi.Manoj Muttu, administrator of the trust, told media that a copy of the court's order will be submitted to the chief medical officer of Amethi, and as per the CMO's directions functioning of the hospital will resume.
However, Muttu said he would like the hospital to resume functioning from Thursday (October 5). On September 27, over 400 employees of the hospital sat on a dharna against the suspension of its licence. Local Congress leaders also staged a protest outside the CMO's office.
The woman patient, Divya (22) who was admitted to the Sanjay Gandhi Hospital on September 14, went into a coma during surgery. Her family members alleged that she was kept at the hospital for more than 30 hours before being referred to Lucknow where she died on September 16.
The next day, an FIR of causing death by negligence was registered against four employees of the hospital, including its chief executive officer.