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Case whip on ‘doctor’

- Human rights panel finds negligence allegation true

Bihar Human Rights Commission on Friday ordered the Jehanabad superintendent of police to lodge a criminal case against a person who operated upon a pregnant woman without being allegedly qualified to do so.

Rita Devi, a middle-aged woman from Nadaura village in Arwal, was operated upon by one Geeta Sinha in May 2012. According to the complaint lodged with the human rights panel, the family had to incur financial losses and harassment because of Sinha’s alleged negligence. In course of the hearing, the panel has come to know that Sinha did not have the mandatory medical qualifications. The Telegraph could not contact Sinha despite repeated attempts, but got through the private hospital she was attached with in Jehanabad.

The hospital authorities confirmed to this correspondent that Sinha was attached with the organisation but disconnected the call on being asked about her medical qualifications.

Sinha, who is associated with Deepshikha Hospital in Jehanabad, had operated upon Rita on May 11, 2012, for the delivery of her child. Rita, however, developed complications after her urinary tract was wrongly cut in the course of the surgery that cost the family Rs 75,000.

Rita’s husband, Hari Yadav, claimed he met Sinha at the hospital to complain about his wife’s deteriorating health but alleged the “doctor” turned a deaf ear. Hari finally admitted his wife to a private nursing home in Patna where Dr Vinita Singh operated her upon for the second time on October 5, 2012.

Rita was discharged from the Patna nursing home on November 7 after which Hari approached the commission accusing Sinha of negligence during surgery. He sought justice for his wife, who underwent mental and physical harassment and besides monetary loss for no fault of hers.

The commission took cognisance of the complaint and ordered a probe. The Jehanabad civil surgeon-cum-chief medical officer constituted a medical board led by the deputy superintendent of Jehanabad sadar hospital. The team comprised Dr Ashok Kumar (surgeon), Dr Meena Kumari (gynaecologist) and Sanjay Gupta (medical officer) — all attached to the sadar hospital in Jehanabad. The board found the allegations levelled by the victim against Sinha true.

The private hospital was in fact located near the sadar hospital.

During the hearing of the case, the commission was told that Sinha was conducting practice in gross violation of the law. The human rights panel member, Neel Mani, said Jehanabad superintendent of police Dhurath Sayali Sawlaram has been asked to institute a criminal case against Sinha. Sawlaram has been directed to submit a report on the status of the investigation by June 15.

In the course of the hearing, the commission also came to know the report submitted by the Jehanabad civil surgeon did not mention anything about Sinha’s qualifications.

“It is quite surprising that the so-called lady doctor has been doing practice in front of the sadar hospital for long and the civil surgeon-cum-chief medical officer of the district concerned was unaware of such activities,” Neel Mani said.

So, director-in-chief of health services Surendra Prasad has been asked to inform the commission about the action taken by the department against the Jehanabad civil surgeon for concealment of fact. “Had the chief medical officer taken the matter in right earnest, he would have looked into this aspect also,” Neel Mani said.

Prasad has also been asked to apprise the commission of the actions taken to check practices conducted by unqualified persons and fix responsibility. June 20 has been fixed as the next date to hear the complaint.


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