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Times of India
03 December 2010
New Delhi, India

Court Slams Govt Hospital Doctors for Wrong Diagnosis
Slamming the doctors of a government hospital for showing gross negligence in ascertaining victim’s injury resulting in his death, a trial court has asked the authorities to look into the matter and take appropriate action.

The matter relates to the death of a man, who was stabbed by another person. The court noted with concern that the doctors of Babu Jagjivan Ram Memorial Hospital, where the victim was first taken by his family members, showed a negligent attitude and ordered that a copy of its judgment be sent to the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Headquarters) for bringing it to the notice of concerned quarters in the government.

"The manner in which the victim was examined and treated in the hospital has brought out utter callousness on the part of the medical officers. An injury which was described at that stage by doctors in question as merely ‘muscle deep’ was actually a very serious deep penetrating injury. The said injury proved fatal in a matter of a few hours only,’’ Additional Sessions Judge R K Gauba said.

"The possibility of the victim having survived if the said injury, particularly the internal injuries, had been subjected to some efforts at repair/treatment, if revealed in time, cannot be ruled out,’’ the judge said.

The court further said a probe into the conduct of the doctors was required. "This case of gross medical negligence of such magnitude in a government hospital cannot be allowed to go unprobed. It is necessary that the conduct of the medical officers in question is brought to the notice of the authorities,’’ the court said.

The court’s directions came while sentencing a man to life imprisonment for stabbing the victim to death. ASJ Gauba awarded Javed prison term and imposed Rs 5,000 fine on him for murdering Laxman by assaulting him with a knife without any reason on October 22, 2007, causing his death in two days.

"It is proved that he (Javed) is the person who had picked up quarrel with the deceased without any justification, whatsoever, apparently only to make fun of him and assaulted him as if in jest or game by inflicting, amongst other, deeply penetrating a sharp–edged instrument into his hip causing havoc, cutting his muscles and other vital organs,’’ the court said.

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