Two doctors have been expelled from practicing for six months by the Delhi Medical Council (DMC). The decision was taken after finding them guilty of performing surgery on the wrong foot of a 24-year-old patient at a private hospital.
On recommended removal by the council’s disciplinary panel, Dr. Ashwani Maichand, consultant orthopedics and Dr. Rahul Kakran, associate consultant orthopedics have been barred from DMC’s State Medical Register for 180 days.
“The doctors failed to exercise reasonable degree of skill, knowledge and care which are expected of an prudent doctor in treatment of patients,” it said.
Victim and patient Ravi Rai had fractured his right foot in June last year, when he slipped on a staircase. Following this incident he was rushed to Fortis hospital in Shalimarbagh.
As per the procedure, several tests – CT scan and X-Ray revealed that Mr. Rai has suffered a fracture in his right ankle and the doctors recommended that surgery was vital. Though, during the operation, doctors put multiple screws inside the left foot stead of the injured right foot which was actually marked with a marker.
Doctors had also failed to detect another fracture which was in the patient’s spine. The fracture was visible in the X-ray, according to the Council’s disciplinary panel.
“It is observed that the surgeons also failed to covey the suspicion of spine fracture to the anesthetist before administration of spinal anesthesia. It should have been avoided especially when the patient had suspicion of spine fracture,” the DMC panel said.
Ravi Rai, after the incident, had filed a police complaint. Fortis hospital fired the two doctors along with two nurses and an OT technician.
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