Governor urged to keep AMRI Hospital closed

Last Updated: Sun, Dec 09, 2012 12:00 hrs

Kolkata, Dec 9 (IANS) A patients' group Sunday appealed to West Bengal Governor M.K. Narayanan to initiate necessary steps so that the AMRI Hospital does not reopen until those responsible for the ghastly fire that killed 94 in the medical facility a year ago are brought to book.

Claiming that efforts were on to reopen the medical facility, People for Better Treatment (PBT) president Kunal Saha wrote to Narayanan on the first anniversary of the Dec 9, 2011, tragedy.

"I request you to take necessary steps to make sure the hospital cannot reopen and start making profit from the vulnerable patients until all pending cases against the hospital are concluded and those who were responsible for this horrendous human calamity are brought to equitable justice," Saha said.

Ninety-four people were killed in the fire that ravaged the seven-storey centrally air-conditioned annexe at the premier private hospital in the city.

A spark started teh fire in the early hours of the morning of Dec 9 in the hospital's basement and left behind death and devastation as the resulting flames and fumes spread to the upper storeys.

Most of the victims - seriously ill patients too infirm to move - died a slow and painful death inhaling toxic fumes.

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