June 01, 2009

Supreme Court ticks off doctors for medical negligent cases

The Supreme Court on Friday ticked off doctors for increasing number of medical negligence cases being reported in the country.

"Doctors can today do anything. They can leave behind a forcep or a scissor inside a patient's stomach and get away with it.

"Six months down the line when the patient develops pain and comes back, then you would discover the scissor left behind in the stomach and then remove it," a vacation bench of Justices Markandeya Katju and Deepak Verma remarked.

The bench made the remarks while issuing notice to Pintoo Kumar, a victim, on the petition filed by Dr Mahendra Prasad, a doctor who was slapped with a compensation of Rs 4 lakhs by the Bihar State Consumer Commission in a case of alleged medical negligence.

Mr. Kumar had alleged Prasad, a private medical practioner at the Neha Nursing Home, Buxar who had performed an operation on September 16, 2004, to set right a fracture in his right leg, left behind a screw in the operated portion. The alleged negligence resulted in the patient developing "callus formation" warranting another surgery at the Apollo hospital.

According to the victim, Dr. Prasad was not an orthopaedic surgeon but an MBBS with M.S (patho) and yet peformed the operation.

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