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Doc held guilty of duty neglect

Siliguri, May 19: Doctor Sagar Narang of the North Bengal Medical College and Hospital has been found guilty of negligence by a three-member committee that probed the charges levelled by Bappa Debnath, who was admitted under him on December 11.

Bappa had alleged that he was a victim of doctor-tout nexus at the hospital and had sought action against Narang.

“All members of the investigating committee are of the opinion that there was some neglect after the admission of Bappa Debnath,” reads the report that was handed over to Bappa’s wife Shobha today.

NBMCH superintendent Samir Ghosh Roy said the director of medical education in Calcutta would decide what action should be taken against Narang.

Bappa, a 30-year-old mechanic, had suffered compound fractures on his right leg in an accident here on December 11. Narang, who was on duty at the emergency ward of the NBMCH, had allegedly told Bappa’s family that his leg must be amputated. On the suggestion of an ambulance driver at the NBMCH, Bappa was shifted to a private nursing home in Siliguri.

Narang operated on Bappa the same day at the nursing home but the patient’s leg developed an infection. Bappa was released five days later, though he did not recover properly.

The doctor, however, refuted the allegations against him in a written submission to the NBMCH principal. He defended himself by saying he was at the outpatient department and not at the emergency ward when the patient was brought to the NBMCH.

But the probe panel refused to buy this excuse.

“Dealing of the patient named Bappa Debnath who was admitted on 11/12/2009 at 11.37am and discharged on the same day at 2:30pm by the visiting surgeon Dr. Sarang Narang, asst. professor of orthopedics, NBMCH is hazy, unclear and hasty. Dr. Sagar Narang cannot avoid a patient admitted either through the outpatient department or through emergency under him on his admission day,” says the report.

“On the contrary, he was not bothered about the patient admitted and discharged under him, but attended to the same patient at the private nursing home on the same day at about 3pm.” the report further reads.

A single line at the end of the report also questions the “role played by the ambulance driver”.

Debnath’s wife Shobha said: “I am feeling a bit relieved today. Now that the doctor has been found guilty, we expect strict action against him. This case should set an example so that other people do not become victims of negligence and doctor-tout nexus in future.”

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