Doctors Association Kashmir Monday in an emergency meeting took a very strong note of an incident in which an FIR has been lodged against a doctor for alleged negligence.
In a statement issued to media, DAK officials said that after enquiring from the concerned doctor and hospital authorities it was found that the doctor in news had successfully done laparoscopic surgery for cholecystectomy on a female patient after which she was shifted to ward.
“During night time as the patient while feeling cold, she was provided a hot water bottle by her attendant despite disapproval by the hospital staff, which caused burn injuries to the patient,” the statement reads.
The meeting in which a number of specialists and senior doctors took part was held under the presidentship of Dr. G.M Mir, wherein it was stated that in the morning during the routine checkup the doctor found burn injuries on the patients stomach and immediately rushed her to theatre and did the dressing of the patient, followed by another dressing on the next day. Usually patients are discharged within 24 hours of laparoscopic surgery but here the patient was kept for 48 hours in the hospital for observation due to ‘negligence of the patient’s attendant’.
The statement further added that on Sunday when the patient again came for follow up and was shifted to the theatre for checkup, the attendants built the pressure upon the theatre staff that they will also accompany the patient inside the operation theatre which the staff categorically refused due to hospital and antiseptic protocol. This irked the attendants who threatened the staff with dire consequences and finally filed the FIR at Police station.
“How can SHO file an FIR against a doctor when according to Hon’ble Supreme court guidelines a doctor’s alleged negligence has to be proven by an expert member committee before any such action is taken,” the statement while quoting Dr Irfan ul Shams, Executive Member of the DAK said.
The executive body of DAK asked for a independent probe into this incident and appealed the Director General Police, Jammu & Kashmir to intervene in the matter so that the honour and dignity of the doctor is upheld and to initiate an Enquiry as to how come an FIR was lodged without following the proper set rules.
Taking a strong notice against reports by a section of media which carried the news as “patient was burnt alive”, the members said that it was just to create sensation which means that the patient died and is totally absurd on part of those media portals. The DAK also appealed the hospital authorities to file a defamation case against those media portals who have falsely reported the issue and have done more a mere character assassination than reporting the real story.