After a patient dies during treatment for alcohol addiction, a doctor was arrested on charges of causing death of the patient due to carelessness at Manas Hospital near Saggu Chowk on Thursday.
The Indian Medical Association (IMA)’s Ludhiana unit raised objections over the arrest, saying that according to the guidelines of the Apex Court, police cannot file an FIR or arrest a doctor without the recommendation of a medical board.
The patient has been recognised as a 37-year-old accountant in Ludhiana, who had been admitted at the private hospital on April 9. His brother-in-law said that the 37-year-old was healthy and did not face any critical disease. “He wanted to give up his drinking habit and so we admitted him to the hospital,” said the brother-in-law. He added that his brother-in-law was fine till about 3pm on April 13.
“Around 6pm, we came to know that my brother-in-law was shifted to the special ward where he died suddenly. When we went there, we saw that his body had turned blue and doctors could not give us any explanation for the sudden death,” added the complainant.
“We suspect that he died after being administered the wrong medication,” he added. The kin later staged a protest against the hospital.
Inspector Gurpreet Singh of the PAU station house said a FIR under Section 304A (causing death due to negligence) of the Indian Penal Code had been registered against Dr Ravi, who was in charge of the patient and other hospital staff.
When asked why a medical board’s advice was not sought before filing the FIR, the cop stated that the FIR was filed after police received a complaint from the deceased’s family members.
Dr Bimal Kanish, president of IMA Ludhiana, said police had rounded up Dr Ravi on Wednesday evening. “When asked, the police made an excuse that he has been taken in custody so that the aggrieved family would not harm him. They said that they would release him, but later the police arrested him in the case. We will take up the matter with the commissioner of on Friday,” he said.
“It is very unfortunate. It seems no lessons have been learnt from the Jaipur incident where a gynecologist ended her life after a case of murder was filed against her for the alleged death of a pregnant woman who she was treating,” he added.