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Another Doctor Falls Victim To “Medical Negligence”: HC Directs Tamil Nadu Medical Council For Prompt Investigation

Only 17 days after Supreme Court delivered a historic judgment on “medical negligence” in Anuradha Saha death case in which her husband and PBT president, Dr. Kunal Saha, became the “living” victim, another physician, Dr. Easwaran lodged a complaint of gross medical negligence for the wrongful death of his father (see news in Business Standard below).  Dr. Easwaran moved Madras High Court which passed an order directing the Tamil Nadu Medical Council to judge Dr. Easwaran on “merit” within six months and take action against the accused doctors for “criminal negligence”, if proved.  Until now, medical councils in India have by and large functioned to shield the errant medical colleagues to maintain their hitherto “untouchable” status.  It is a common knowledge that doctors in India do not come forward to testify truthfully against other delinquent doctors which has led to the present pitiful status of healthcare in India.  The West Bengal Medical Council till today refused to take any disciplinary action against Dr. Sukumar Mukherjee, the principal culprit physician responsible for Anuradha Saha’s death, even after Apex Court and Medical Council of India (MCI) found him guilty for reckless practice of medicine and penalized him (and AMRI hospital and two other doctors) with the highest-ever compensation of Rs. 11 crore.

Business Standard (Nov. 10, 2013) Doc victim

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