October 8, 2021

The former Delhi hospital ward manager of a psychiatric unit of the Delhi Government Hospital, Pramila Kumar, who was discharged from the facility on Monday night, said her son was not discharged on time and was “abandoned in his home for almost two years”.

She also said she is “not sure” if the hospital had been informed about the death of her son, who she said was found “a day after he was discharged”.

Kumar said her husband was “very worried” about her condition, which was brought to her attention by a relative.

“He said he had no idea what to do.

He didn’t know whether he should go to the police or to the hospital, he was a simple man, a simple father,” Kumar told reporters here on Tuesday.

She also told reporters that her son had undergone treatment for schizophrenia in the hospital.

“He was being treated by me, a doctor.

I had told the family he needed to be in my care, that I had to take care of him,” she said.”

I never thought he would have to die like that.

He was a very loving and gentle person, very loving to his family,” she added.

Kumar had worked as a hospital manager for the Delhi Hospital from 2006 to 2009.

She left the hospital in April 2018.

Her son was discharged on Monday from the hospital after a lengthy rehabilitation programme at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) in New Delhi, where he was undergoing a course of psychotropic drugs, the hospital said.

She was discharged in a private ward of the hospital under a supervision of the medical superintendent, a medical officer.

The Delhi Government’s Health Ministry said it had no comment on the case.