A private doctor in Jaipur is under the scanner by the Medical Council of India for his alleged act of forcing a delivery through overdose of medicines and use of forceps. The doctor has been recommended a suspension order by the MCI.
As reported by TOI, on the basis of these findings by an Ethics Committee, the MCI has observed that the licence of doctor, Kanwardeep Randhawa be suspended for six months. The incident occurred in May 2001 but the MCI ruling has come this month (January 22). The patient was later handled by the state government’s Mahila Chikitsalya.
The allegations put by MCI are serious as the result of the doctors action has led to 18 days premature delivery of the baby, and also the use of forceps has reportedly led to grave business damage of the baby.
This “instrumental trauma” has been reported to have caused heavy bleeding to the mother and ultimately her uterus had to be removed. This consequence has led to a further trauma for the family as the patient will not be able to conceive again. Even the baby couldn’t survive the cerebral palsy and ultimately died after 12 years.
“We have received the MCI order and will act on it on Monday by removing the doctor’s name from IMR for a period of 180 days. During this time of punishment, the person will not be able to work as a doctor or do other medical related works,” Dr Archana Jauhari, registrar of Rajasthan Medical Council, told TOI.
One 23-year-old Reshma, who was a regular antenatal checkup patient of the Randhawa Hospital with history of previous caesarean section, was hospitalized on May 20, 2001. Reshma’s delivery case got complicated allegedly because the doctors at the private hospital instead of adopting safer delivery by lower (uterine) segment caesarean section (LSCS), delivered the baby with forceps that are known to cause head injury. “The same instrumental trauma probably caused heavy vaginal bleeding known as postpartum hemorrhage for which hysterectomy had to be done,” Dr B Ravikumar Bhaskaran, a senior gynecologist from Trivandrum, Kerala reported in his findings when the MCI sought his opinion.