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Some doctors do harm their patients,even if most of them do not

Written by Pankaj Rai |
June 29, 2012 3:14:49 am

Some doctors do harm their patients,even if most of them do not

Let me clarify that I do not want to launch into a tirade against the medical fraternity. In his article ‘Hasty prescription,Aamir’ (IE,June 23),Anoop Misra mentions that doctors do not want to harm their patients. This is absolutely true,barring a few errant doctors — those are the ones I am up against. However,Misra has either not got his facts right or chosen to ignore them. I would like to set the record straight.

The demise of my wife Seema on May 6,2010,at Fortis Hospital in Bangalore was caused by multiple infringements of the Transplantation of Human Organs Act. The Karnataka Medical Council has no authority to investigate violations of this act and exoneration by them is a farce,which has been challenged before the Medical Council of India. There was an attempt to transplant the pancreas — which had not been recommended earlier so the patient was not registered for receiving it — in a hospital not authorised to carry out pancreas transplants. Moreover,this was without the patient’s consent. These are all serious violations and are at present sub judice. The Appropriate Authority for Organ Transplantation in Karnataka cancelled the organ transplant licence of Fortis Hospital,Bangalore on September 12,2011. The death was not reported in the stipulated seven days but after 10 months. Shockingly,the transplant surgeon,Ramcharan Thiagarajan,was also a member of the authorisation committee. Yet another violation. The cause of death was described as natural and no post mortem was suggested.

Misra has made it clear that the top management of Fortis is aware of what happened and cannot feign ignorance. As of April 17,2012,there is a ban on all organ transplant surgeries at Fortis Hospital,Bangalore,imposed by the Karnataka high court.

The writer is a retired major. The case of his wife,Seema Rai,was presented on the show ‘Satyamev Jayate’

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