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Patient’s death: Three doctors booked for negligence

March 09, 2013

ISLAMABAD, March 8: On the direction of a lower court, the Industrial Area police have booked three doctors of a private hospital for negligence which led to the death of a patient, police said on Friday.

The case was registered in response to a complaint lodged by Amjad Ali from Hayatabad, Peshawar, who alleged that the doctors were behind the death of his wife after a cesarean.

Amjad Ali told Dawn that after more than 10 months efforts he succeeded in getting the case registered against the doctors who, besides trying to hide the cause of death, refused to tender an apology and accept the negligence.

Ali, a general manager in Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra), said his wife was expecting twin babies and doctors had advised him for cesarean.

So he brought his wife to the hospital in May 2012, where she underwent the operation on May 17 and gave birth to twin baby girls, he said.

After the operation, his wife was shifted to a room where she complained of severe backache, Ali said.

“My wife spent some agonising moments on that day,” he said, adding he kept asking the paramedics from 1pm to 12 midnight to call the doctors, but no one, including the consultant gynecologist, turned up.

On May 18, his wife started bleeding at 5am and stopped passing urine, Ali said, adding her organs also failed and she was shifted to the ICU, where she died the next day.

Soon after the death, he took the body of his wife to his native town for burial and returned to Islamabad after three days to collect the patient’s file and the birth certificates. But the hospital administration refused to hand over the documents.

In response, he with help of his office got the file in which nothing was clear, though doctors gave different reasons for her death, Ali said.

“This made me to get an FIR under section 319 registered against the doctors. I approached the Industrial Area police in June but they refused to entertain the complaint,” he said.

In February this year, he lodged an application with the court of additional district and sessions judge, Rakhshinda Shaeen, who ordered the Industrial Area police on February 25 to register the case against the doctors.

But the police ignored the direction and in response he again approached the court with an application.

In response of the second application, the same court on March 5 directed the police to register the case and submit its copy to it by March 8.

The police registered the case on March 7 under section PPC 322. The conviction under this section is only diyat.

When contacted, the police said they registered the case on Thursday night and were collecting evidence.