Dr. Nirmal Maji, powerful minister of the ruling Trinomul-Congress party and president of West Bengal Medical Council (WBMC) along with Dr. Rajendra Pandey (sitting vice-chancellor of Health University in West Bangla) and Dr. Pradip Kumar Mitra, ex-Director of Health Services in West Bengal, hatched a sinister plan to perform dialysis of a pet dog putting potential and serious danger to the lives of the numerous patients who undergo dialysis in the same machine back in 2015. Although a possible medical calamity was avoided because of last minute intervention by some other doctors that eventually stopped the dog’s dialysis on that occasion, public outrage erupted against this gigantic scandal by the top medical leaders in Kolkata as highly publicized by the local and national media more than 4 years ago. However, like most other scandals by influential political leaders in India, nothing really changed and nobody suffered any consequences as this dog-dialysis scandal went into a slumber.
PBT, through its president Dr. Kunal Saha, raged a long-drawn battle to bring justice to this unimaginable medical fiasco as Dr. Saha lodged complaint with the medical council against Dr. Maji, Dr. Pandey and Dr. Mitra seeking exemplary disciplinary action against the three doctors. After fighting for more than four years for justice during which the complaint was shuttled for numerous times between the state medical council (WBMC) and Medical Council of India (MCI), the central medical council passed a final order last week essentially agreeing with the allegations raised by Dr. Saha and holding all three doctors guilty for orchestrating the plan to perform dialysis of a pet dog at the SSKM Hospital. But shockingly, MCI did not award any real punishment to any of the guilty doctors except issuing a warning that they should not indulge in similar activities in future on the ground that nobody was harmed as a result of the dangerous plan by the three doctors. PBT is planning to challenge the MCI order for their failure to impose any tangible punishment to the three errant doctors that is likely to send a wrong signal to the public at large (see the news below).