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Court In England Cancels License Of Indian Doctor For Medical Negligence In India As Indian Medical Council Remains Silent After 4 Years

In a remarkable demonstration of delivery of medical justice, Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS), highest legal tribunal to adjudicate complaints of medical and ethical violations against doctors practicing in United Kingdom (UK), has held Dr. Pantula Sastry, an Indian cancer specialist, guilty for professional misconduct and permanently canceled his practicing license in UK for causing death of a 55-year old patient who was suffering from blood cancer. The most striking aspect of this unprecedented decision by the tribunal in UK is that the victim was wrongly treated by Dr. Sastry resulting in her death in a hospital in Mumbai, and not in England (see attached judgment below).

The victim, Sushma Agarwal, was admitted at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai in 2014 under care of Dr. Sastry for Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma when she was treated with bone marrow transplantation without taking minimal precaution leading to death as held by the judges at MPTS. Although victim’s family lodged a complaint against Dr. Sastry with the Maharashtra Medical Council, Dr. Sastry relocated to UK in 2015 and started practicing there. As victim’s son also lodged a complaint against Dr. Sastry with the medical council in UK (GMC), the complaint was referred to MPTS which after a thorough investigation and taking opinions from medical experts came to the conclusion that Dr. Sastry was grossly negligent in his treatment of Mrs. Agarwal in the Mumbai hospital. The Tribunal also casted serious doubt on doctor’s credibility and permanently removed Dr. Sastry’s medical registration by holding that his “conduct was so unacceptable, that it is fundamentally incompatible with continued registration“. Ironically, the complaint against Dr. Sastry that was lodged with Maharashtra Medical Council has still remained undecided even after 4 years. Do we still have to wonder why public has lost complete trust on doctors and medical councils in India?

UK-Tribunal-GMC Order (cancellation for negligence in India) Aug, 2018

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  • Dr. S. K. Thakur September 12, 2018, 10:40 pm

    I had good impression about Maharashtra Medical Council but later I realised it is not different from the WBMC. To get the case of my deceased brother from the WBMC, I had to file a writ petition in Delhi High Court. It is not surprising that the case of Dr. Sastry was not decided in 4yrs by the MMC. What for is this code of medical ethics, which says that the complaint should be decided within six months. These councils do not even acknowledge your mail, forget the reply. I am attaching one of my mails to the MMC for perusal:
    Subject: Regarding registration of doctors
    From: “sudhir kumar thakur” Fri, 11 Sep ’15 12:06p
    To:
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    Dear Sir,
    This is in reference to my earlier mail dated 14/8/2015. Please let me know if the registration of doctor is compulsory with MMC, for practicing medicine in mumbai or not. I searched on your website but could not see any such notification. I request you to acknowledge the mail and oblige.
    With regards.
    Dr S K Thakur

  • Dr. S. K. Thakur September 12, 2018, 10:44 pm

    Sorry for some typographical errors and missing words “disposed off” .

  • Parag September 15, 2018, 12:33 am

    This incident and the Johnson and Johnson incident that was recently in news really makes me think what kind of nation have we become. Goodness and ethics have only been restricted to select bollywood movies and outside that its everyone for themselves with law & order, humanity becoming extinct in the society esp. in the medical fraternity.

    My family is also a victim of medical negligence. I’ve started the petition “Medical Council of India, Lilavati Hospital: Cancel License, expel Corrupt Nephrologist Hemant Mehta, Prashant Rajput who killed my Mom” and need your help to get it off the ground.

    Will you take 30 seconds to sign it right now. Here’s the link:

    http://www.change.org/p/medical-council-of-india-lilavati-hospital-cancel-license-expel-corrupt-nephrologist-hemant-mehta-prashant-rajput-who-killed-my-mom

    Thanks!
    Parag

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