The Medical Council of India (MCI) upheld the Delhi Medical Council (DMC) order against the two doctors involved in the medical negligence case of late Anamika Ray. The MCI has found the two doctors guilty of ‘gross medical negligence’ leading to the death of Ray.
Ray, an Assistant Professor at Gauhati University had undergone laparoscopic gall bladder surgery on July 17th, 2015 in a Delhi-based hospital. Two days later, she died due to heart attack and blood infection following which a medical negligence case was filed by her husband against the doctors.
The entire case was later examined by the MCI at the appeal filed by Ankuran Dutta, husband of the victim, expressing dissatisfaction over the DMC order passed on June 16th, 2017.
“I was not satisfied with the DMC order, and therefore filed an appeal to enhance the punishment awarded to the two doctors. Though MCI after examining the entire case didn’t submit to my appeal but have made a judgement against the doctors considering that there was gross negligence on the part of the doctors,” said Dutta, an academician.
The MCI through an order issued on July 27th, 2019, upheld the DMC order to remove the two doctors involved in the medical negligence case from the state medical register of DMC for 15 days. “The ethical sub-committee of the Medical Council of India concluded that there is no infirmity in the order of the Delhi Medical Council and therefore, decided to uphold the order,” stated the issued order.
The DMC ruled out, “During the surgery, no ultrasound of the abdomen was done to confirm the diagnosis of acute cholecystitis, pre-anaesthetic check-up and preparation of the patient was not proper, there was no monitoring of airway pressure or ETCO2, operation theatre at the said hospital was not equipped to monitor end Tidal CO2, no cardiology consultation was sought immediately even though the patient suffered from a cardiac event, instead of admitting to cardiac care unit (CCU) the patient was admitted in the surgical ICU and no autopsy was conducted.”
“There is poor documentation of the clinical progress of the patient in the case records, the pre-operative assessment and findings are insufficient,” MCI clarified.
Ray was undergoing treatment under Dr Chandan Kr Deka and Dr Abhijit Khaund of Navjeevan Hospital, New Delhi and later was shifted to Jaipur Golden Hospital.
Guwahati | First Published: Aug 10, 2019