New Delhi: After his son passed away at Lucknow’s Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGI), former Banda MP Bhairon Prasad Mishra sat on dharna at the hospital on Saturday night. His son, Prakash Mishra, had not been admitted despite his critical condition because the duty officer said no emergency beds were available.
The former MP and his 40-year-old son arrived at the hospital at 11 pm on Saturday, The Times of India reported, and Prakash passed away an hour later. He was suffering from a kidney ailment.
Bhairon Prasad reportedly ended his dharna only at 4 am, when senior officials including the PGI director came and met him.
Bhairon Prasad was the MP from Banda between 2014 and 2019. In 2019, when he was denied a ticked, he had staged a protest outside the BJP office.
On Monday, the Lucknow administration has reportedly launched a ‘high-level probe’ into the incident. “UP government has ordered a high-level probe regarding the tragic demise of the son of former MP Bhairon Prasad Mishra at PGI, Lucknow. The doctor concerned, who was found guilty in the prima facie investigation, is being relieved from the institute. A warning has also been issued to the Director, PGI, to ensure that such incidents do not recur in future,” he said. Uttar Pradesh deputy chief minister Brajesh Pathak – who also holds the health portfolio – said on X (formerly Twitter).
पीजीआई, लखनऊ में पूर्व सांसद मा० भैरों प्रसाद मिश्र जी के सुपुत्र के दु:खद निधन के संबंध में @upgovt ने उच्च स्तरीय जांच के आदेश दिए हैं। प्रथम दृष्टया जांच में दोषी पाए गए संबंधित चिकित्सक को संस्थान से कार्य मुक्त किया जा रहा है। भविष्य में इस तरह की घटना की पुनरावृत्ति ना हो…
— Servant Brajesh Pathak (@brajeshpathakup) October 30, 2023
Before the government’s probe, PGI director Professor R.K. Dhiman had also ordered an inquiry on Sunday. Dhiman had also reportedly reprimanded the doctor on duty for not admitting Prakash.
Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav has questioned the BJP-led UP government over the matter. “When even the son of a former MP of the ruling BJP in Uttar Pradesh is not getting treatment, then what to say about the general public,” he said.
“Hopefully, after returning from election campaigning in other states, the BJP ministers of Uttar Pradesh will take cognisance of this because right now elections are more important for them than anyone’s life,” he continued.
बात किसी विशेष व्यक्ति को इलाज न मिल पाने की वजह से दम तोड़ देने की नहीं है, हर एक सामान्य नागरिक के जीवन के मूल्य की भी है।
जब उप्र में सत्ताधारी भाजपा के पूर्व सांसद के पुत्र तक को इलाज नहीं मिल पा रहा है तो आम जनता के बारे में क्या कहना।
आशा है दूसरे राज्यों में चुनाव… pic.twitter.com/DlAoQT5pT6
— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) October 30, 2023