Jul 31, 2014

SGPGI defying Medical Ethics Code, but why?

Amitabh Thakur : Aliganj resident Suresh Chandra Shukla’s wife Mamata Shukla, suffering from Hepatitis-C died while being treated at SGPGI, Lucknow. He alleged Dr Vivek Anand Saraswat and Dr Srijeeth Venugopal of Gastroenterology department as being responsible for this, registering a case against them in PGI police station.

As per the FIR, these doctors used the trial drug Thymocin Alpha-1 injection despite fully knowing that it has bone cancer as its side-effect and Central Drug Standard Control Organization has given its permission only for Hepatitis B patients.
On 11 April 2014, Sri Shukla asked the SGPGI to provide the medical records of his wife’s treatment under Para 1.3.2 of the Code of Ethics Regulations, 2002 which makes it mandatory to provide these documents within the period of 72 hours if sought by the patient or his authorized attendant. Any non-compliance of this mandate is a misconduct under Para 7.2 of this Code. He also sought the same information under the RTI Act at the same time.

But SGPGI has so far been refusing to part away with this information, either under the Ethics Code or under RTI. Sri Shukla has approached me in this matter and I have written to Director, SGPGI R K Sharma to provide the information within 72 hours. I have said that in case it is not provides, I would approach the Medical Council of India against the Director and other concerned physicians under Para 8 of this Code.

I hope u agree with me.


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