Former AEC Student Levels Medical Negligence Charge on Dibrugarh Doctor
A former student of Assam Engineering College levelled allegations of medical negligence on a doctor of Assam Medical College & Hospital (AMCH) Dibrugarh, for wrongly treating an infection on his nose which ultimately led to its permanent disfiguring leaving a scarred face.
Shyam Sundar Gupta said that he had an infection on the tip of his nose in March 2015 for which he consulted Dr Parthapratim Dutta, a plastic surgeon at AMCH, who administered an injection directly into his nose.
“The injection made the condition of my nose even worse and resulted in necrosis of the nose after which my nose began turning black and also swelled up a lot,” informed Shyam in a press conference in Guwahati on Tuesday.
He added that he was given the injection without his prior consultation or counselling and his or his family’s consent and the doctor also did not explain any complications or adverse effects of the concerned drug.
“After the injection was given, I experienced unbearable pain and my eyes started tearing up as well. I was not in a condition to return home to Digboi from where I had come to Dibrugarh for treatment,” said Shyam relating his account.
He further said that in the next few days, the condition of his nose became worse as it turned completely black, the upper layer of the skin started peeling off and mucus and puss also began to discharge from it.
He then consulted several doctors and then ultimately decided to head to Chennai for treatment.
“What started off as a simple infection turned this bad only due to the negligence of the doctor who administered the wrong injection,” informed Shyam.
He added that due to the negligence on the part of the doctor, he had to undergo five reconstructive plastic surgeries in Chennai which cost him more than Rs 10 lakhs.
“This caused me a lot of physical and emotional trauma. I also suffered and lost a year academically due to the treatment which was ongoing then,” Shyam further mentioned.
He said that he also wrote to the Medical Council of India (MCI) urging them to take some action against the doctor. But the MCI referred the case to Assam Medical Council but even the state body hasn’t taken any necessary action even after three years, mentioned Shyam.
Leaving no stone unturned, Shyam also filed a case with the Assam State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (ASCDRC) where the case is currently subjudice.
Inadequate Action taken on Medical Negligence Cases
In a worrying trend, Guwahati, too, has seen a number of cases of medical negligence in the past few months. However, in a majority of the instances the government has failed to take any action in these cases.
Various instances of alleged negligence were reported from across the city which brought to the fore the importance of bringing accountability for hospital authorities.
In an example of alleged medical negligence a few months ago, a case was registered with the Bharalumukh police station against the Institute of Human Reproduction (IHR), commonly known as Goenka Nursing Home, for alleged medical negligence.
According to reports, a city resident, 31-year-old Nasima Sultana who was pregnant, died a few hours after she was admitted for delivery to Goenka Nursing Home. Sultana was a dietician at a top hospital in the city.
Additionally, the increasing number of medical negligence cases being registered in the city against government as well as private hospital authorities is forcing people to seek treatment outside the state for critical ailments.
On the other hand, the magnitude of such cases can also be ascertained by the number of cases received by the district consumer court. Kamrup (Metro) District Consumer Disputes Redressal forum (DCDRF) officials informed G Plus that they receive several cases related to medical negligence in a month.
The cases range from wrong diagnosis of diseases to negligence in medical services. Officials of the DCDRF informed that such cases of medical negligence have become very frequent with at least three to four cases being filed with the consumer forum every month.
In a recent case, a city resident gave his blood sample for testing to a laboratory before donating blood to a friend. However, the reports revealed that he had tested positive for HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus).
After this, the man consulted two doctors and on their advice, gave his blood samples for testing in two different laboratories. Both the results showed a negative result for HIV.
“He then filed a case of medical negligence against the first laboratory in which the DCDRF passed a judgement and ordered the laboratory owner to pay compensation to the complainant,” informed Mohammad Sahadat Hussain, president of the DCDRC.
In another case, a woman filed a case against a city-based private hospital after her father passed away after being admitted for a week in the hospital. Member of DCDRF, Archana Deka, informed that the complainant’s father was suffering from jaundice and had stopped responding to treatment before he passed away.