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AIIMS doc sacked for declaring injured boy ‘medically fit’

AIIMS authorities have decided to sack a resident doctor for his “casual approach” in conducting the medical examination of an eight-year-old boy,who looked like he was hit by a sharp object.

Written by Pritha Chatterjee | New Delhi | Published: May 16, 2012 3:45:49 am

AIIMS authorities have decided to sack a resident doctor for his “casual approach” in conducting the medical examination of an eight-year-old boy,who looked like he was hit by a sharp object. He was found in Kalkaji with injury marks all over his back and arms,but was declared “medically fit” by the doctor posted as a Chief Medical Officer (CMO),in the emergency wing of the paediatrics department.

Medical Superintendent (MS) Dr D K Sharma had set up a committee under the head of emergency medicine Dr Praveen Aggarwal on May 1,to inquire into the incident,after the Child Welfare Committee (CWC),brought the apparent lax to the administration’s notice. In the institute’s report,a copy of which is with Newsline,Dr Aggarwal stated that the CMO “has given a vague explanation for his casual approach while evaluating the child”. Recommending action against the resident doctor,Dr Aggarwal wrote in the report,“I request you to take strict administrative action against him for his failure to examine the child completely.”

The MS of the hospital termed this a “serious lapse in patient care services on the part of the doctor” and stated that his explanation was “not satisfactory and cannot be accepted.” Both the doctors have “recommended that the services of the doctor be terminated with immediate effect”,and forwarded the recommendation to the dean of AIIMS on May 9.

The boy was found by officials from the Kalkaji police station last month. On being produced before the magisterial body,the boy said he ran away from his Govindpuri home after his mother had ruthlessly beaten him up. The boy was then referred to AIIMS for a medical examination,as per protocol,to put his injuries on record. When the AIIMS report,which forms crucial evidence for child abuse cases,declared him “fit,with no visible injury marks”,the irked CWC shot off an order on April 30 rebuking AIIMS for its lax approach. He sought “an explanation from the concerned doctors and medical superintendent on this extremely casual approach,which had missed such apparent injury marks.” The boy,who has been relocated to an NGO for homeless for the time being,had his medical examination repeated,confirming that he had been hit repeatedly by a sharp wire,and had injury marks on his limbs and back.

Earlier this year,the CWC had sought an explanation in another case from AIIMS,where a deaf and dumb child was also declared fit by the institute’s doctors. According to a senior doctor from the emergency medicine department,“In the present case,the doctor gave absurd reasons like “the boy looked alright”,for not physically examining him properly. We have given many warnings to our CMOs after previous notices by the CWC,but there is no improvement.” He added that “since the importance of medical examination reports cannot be over emphasised,this time we had no choice but to take punitive action.”

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