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Doctors to face action for failure to respond in emergencies : JP Nadda

Doctors to face action for failure to respond in emergencies : JP Nadda

New Delhi: Failure to respond on the part of doctors in emergencies like road accidents is to be treated as “professional misconduct” and will invite disciplinary action under Union Health Ministry guidelines, Lok Sabha was today told.

“In pursuance of a Supreme Court judgement, the ministry has issued guidelines in August 2015 to all states and UTs on ‘Good Samaritans’ in which it has been mentioned that lack of response by a doctor in an emergency situation pertaining to road accidents… shall constitute professional misconduct under Chapter 7 of the Indian Medical Council (Professional Conduct, Etiquette and Ethics) Regulation, 2002.

“Disciplinary action shall be taken against such doctors under Chapter 8 of the said regulations. It is the responsibility of the state governments and UTs to take action against the said hospitals,” Union Health Minister JP Nadda said in a written reply in Lok Sabha.

He said that since health is a state subject, it is the responsibility of the state governments to issue guidelines for the provision of proper facilities during emergencies to seriously ill persons and accident victims.

State governments are also mandated to take action against the hospitals that refuse to provide treatment to seriously ill persons or accident victims.

He said that as far as the three central government hospitals, namely Safdarjung Hospital, RML Hospital and Lady Hardinge Medical College are concerned, they have adequate number of ventilator-beds.

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    Abdul Samad burhan February 29, 2016, 7:27 pm

    This will be a night mare for doctors and hospitals, I will narrate a situation I was caught in:
    I was standing for my friend who was running a small medical care Centre on the outskirts of Bangalore.
    A child and his mother were brought by a small crowd saying they were hit by a truck, nothing serious though, the child needed suturing and the mother dressing. Meanwhile an unconscious person was brought in, he was the truck driver who Had hit with mother and child. He was uncohscious. He was a local man A crowd had gathered and part of the crowd was delirious, shouting dr give first aid to the patient.
    Though the driver had boozed up he had head injury, intra cranial bleed causing reflex hypertension and severe pulmonary edema (pink frothing). I gave him inj lasix, he started improving, consciousness and pulm edema both.
    I told his wife he needs to be shifted to Nimhans for neurosurgical care. The attended refused to believe he had serious head injury and kept demanding I treat the patient there itself. The wife declined to shift till his elder brother would come. The police who had arrived were reassuring and pushed back the boisterous elements but kept telling me that the patient had just taken too much drinks. This when if I had not given inj lasix the patient would have died of severe pulmonary hypertension and edema
    The mother and child walked away and none paid for their treatment

  2. And who pays for the treatment- At What Rates — to the Doctor who attends and stabilises the person??????? A private practitioner is NOT FUNDED by TAX PAYER’s MONEY – he has to invest HIS OWN Hard-Earned Money to carry out this function………..Also – what is the process for payment o this doctor and Is Government bound to make the payment to the doctor within a stipulated period and is liable to pay PENAL INTEREST in case of delay – WITHOUT being asked 1000000…..1 queries and explanations……….PL PROVIDE CLARITY ON THAT TOO

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    r.balasubramanian February 28, 2016, 12:19 pm

    is there any accurate definition of real emergency, that a doctor was casually around’ will be held responsible for for not attending!

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