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Indian paediatrician arrested over deaths of dozens of children gets bail after campaign to free him

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k1881 (Published 30 April 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k1881
Opinion: The deaths of children in hospital in India
  1. Dinsa Sachan
  1. New Delhi

A doctor whose arrest in connection with the deaths of more than 70 children at a hospital in India and that led to a public campaign to free him has been granted bail.

Kafeel Khan, a paediatrician at a hospital in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, was arrested in September last year after more than 70 children died in Gorakhpur’s Baba Raghav Das Medical College Hospital within a week last August.1

A government probe found that the hospital had run out of oxygen cylinders and that this had led to the deaths, mostly in the hospital’s neonatal and encephalitis wards.2 Delivery of oxygen cylinders had been disrupted because suppliers hadn’t …

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