Botched up surgery at YCMH: State govt directs PCMC to probe doctors

PCMC heath officials said the state government has taken serious note of the lapse as it was not the first time YCMH functioning has been reported to the government.

Written by Manoj Dattatrye More | Pune | Updated: April 25, 2016 3:33 am
Three patients being carried on a stretcher at the PCMC-run YCM hospital which is under scanner over a botched-up operation in January. Express photo Three patients being carried on a stretcher at the PCMC-run YCM hospital which is under scanner over a botched-up operation in January. Express photo

THE Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation has initiated a departmental enquiry against four doctors and two sister in-charges in connection with a botched up surgery in which a 30-year-old patient lost his leg. PCMC action follows directives by the state government and also by the State Human Rights Commission which has taken suo motu action on the Newsline report published in January.

PCMC health chief Dr K Anil Roy Sunday said the state government had directed the PCMC to initiate a probe in the matter and accordingly, they have ordered a departmental enquiry against YCMH chief Dr Manoj Deshmukh and doctors from the unit which handled the operation. The doctor who performed the operation has been missing after the man lost his leg. He has been held guilty by the committee appointment by Sassoon Hospital after the complaint in the matter was forwarded to it, officials said.

PCMC heath officials said the state government has taken serious note of the lapse as it was not the first time YCMH functioning has been reported to the government. “The government wants strong action in the matter so that such cases do not repeat and patients’ faith is not shaken in civic and government hospitals,” said officials.

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Dr Roy said the State Human Rights Commission had also directed PCMC to investigate the matter and file an affidavit in the matter.

“The Commission has taken suo motu following a report in Newsline. The commission had sent a letter and the paper clipping of the news report directing us to file an affidavit in the matter,” said officials. Officials said the human rights commission has taken strong exception to the negligence on the part of the YCMH doctors and management and has sought strict action in the matter and recommended all help be provided to the patient.

PCMC health officials said the doctor who performed the operation went missing after the man’s leg had to be amputated. “We are planning to recommend that his degree be revoked,” said officials.

PCMC officials said the probe against YCMH chief Dr Manoj Deshmukh is basically aimed at finding out what he actually did. “Did he have control over the situation? Was he updated by the doctors about the progress of the case? Does he on his own seek progress in patient’s case,” said officials. Officials said the probe is being carried out by an independent person and will find out the guilt of each individual involved.

The family of Balasaheb Dhendge, who had lost his leg, had filed a police complaint in January against the doctor and also filed complaints with the Chief Minister’s office and Health Minister Deepak Sawant. “I hope now justice will be done to me and my family.

The operation has rendered me helpless and hopeless. My family has fallen on bad times. PCMC had promised me a job and monetary assistance but since then nothing has come my way,” said Dhendge.

His sister, Seema Pawar, who had been running from one authority to another seeking justice for her brother, said, “I cannot bring back the lost leg of my brother. But I want PCMC to take care of him and his family. It had promised his family financial assistance but has apparently backtraced. We hope the state government and the State Human Rights Commissioner will make PCMC see sense,” she said.
Dhendge was admitted to YCM Hospital on September 16 as he was finding it difficult to walk due to a vericose vein problem. The operation was performed a week later, after which it led to complications.

Dhengde’s sister Seema said that when they tried to find out the reasons from the doctors, they remained evasive. “It was clear that they had botched up the surgery. But the hospital was not able to take any immediate corrective steps,” she said.

Pawar said that when senior surgeon Sanjay Padale was handed over the case, it was too late. “We were told that my brother’s leg would have to be amputated and there was no other option. If it wouldn’t be severed, it would affect other organs and that could prove fatal,” Pawar said.

Dhendge was finally operated upon during which his right leg was severed.

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