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Human rights body notice to director of Lok Nayak Hospital for ‘negligence’ in treatment

Taking suo motu cognizance in a case of alleged medical negligence,the National Human Rights Commission has issued a notice to the director of Lok Nayak Hospital...

Written by Press Trust Of India | New Delhi |
April 14, 2009 12:33:16 am

Taking suo motu cognizance in a case of alleged medical negligence,the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued a notice to the director of Lok Nayak Hospital,directing him to conduct an inquiry in the incident and submit a report within a month.

The directive came after a recent media report that a city-based woman,requiring surgery for a needle lodged in her leg,had to finally go to a private hospital in Delhi for the operation allegedly due to lackadaisical attitude of the government hospital doctors towards her condition.

The patient,Sahana,runs a boutique in East Delhi. A needle pierced her leg when she accidentally fell on a sewing machine on March 20. She was immediately taken to the emergency wing of the Lok Nayak Hospital by her mother.

Despite the needle getting stuck to a bone in her leg,the doctors allegedly kept prescribing painkillers every time she went to the hospital for treatment,the Commission said. The doctor at the hospital’s Orthopaedic department also allegedly refused to perform tests or X-rays,saying no senior doctor was available,and asked the patient to come back after eight days.

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