UP docs leave surgery midway

Shifting priority

Displaying utter insensitivity and putting the lives of patients at risk, two Uttar Pradesh doctors allegedly left surgical procedures midway after giving anesthesia to the patients as their shift was “over”.

The shocking incident occurred at a community health centre in UP’s Sant Ravidas Nagar district, about 250 km from here, on Tuesday during surgeries at a sterilisation camp, according to reports.

An irate mob later thrashed the chief medical officer (CMO) of the district who reached the spot after getting information and tried to pacify the angry relatives.

Police sources said that as many as 85 women had got themselves registered at the sterilisation camp. Two surgeons from the nearby government hospital, Dr Ramesh Chandra and Dr Arshad, were to perform the procedure at the camp.

Reports said that the two doctors reached the camp around three pm and performed the procedure over 34 women by 7 pm. They had by that time given anesthesia to four more women.

The duo, however, stopped the procedure at the stroke of seven and left saying that their time was up. The attendants of the women tried their best to persuade the doctors to complete the procedure but they did not relent.

Angry relatives blocked traffic at the busy Grand Trunk Road demanding action against the doctors. CMO Dr Zubair Ahmed, who reached the spot, tried to pacify the attendants but was thrashed by them. He sustained serious injuries and was admitted to the hospital.

The police had to use force to disperse the mob, sources said, adding that a team of doctors was later rushed to treat the women.

Dr Ramesh Chandra was later suspended while the contract of Dr Arshad was terminated, reports said.

Earlier also, UP doctors had hit the headlines for their insensitivity towards patients.
A doctor at a government hospital in Pratapgarh district had spurned the family members of a rape victim when the latter requested him to attend to her after her condition worsened. “Is she (rape victim) a heroine?...Do you want me to get her photograph framed and hang it on the walls in my office?,” the doctor had shot back, when approached.

A few months ago, a government doctor had performed an orthopaedic surgery on an undertrial without administering anaesthesia after the latter refused to pay the sum demanded by the surgeon.

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