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AIIMS Nurse Death: Suspended Doctor Reaches NCST Commission

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Union Secretary, health, AIIMS director summoned for personal appearance in discussion be held on April 19th,2017 

NEW DELHI: The resident doctor working with the anaesthesia department of AIIMS, New Delhi, who had been suspended after pregnant staff nurse`s death during treatment, here, has now approached the doors of National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) asking for intervention.

In a complaint with the authority the SR Anaesthesia has alleged AIIMS disciplinary authority was biased against her, and she had been made a scapegoat in the entire incident.

“I have been discriminated for being a minority belonging to a scheduled tribe, and I was made a scapegoat in the whole situation to protect connected people who were at fault. How can I be held responsible for a patient that was shifted against my advice to an unauthorised OT and when my junior resident gave anesthesia against my advice? My best efforts helped revive the patient who was then shifted to the ICU,” the resident doctor stated in the complaint.

The complaint further went on to add that no action was taken by the committees against the Obstetrics and Gynaecology consultant and resident doctors who ordered Kaur`s surgery in an ill-equipped operation theatre and did not ensure the mother`s safety.

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“Discrimination clearly shows in the action taken by AIIMS. Gynecology Consultant Seema Singhal was on duty that day. Just because she is the wife of Manish Singhal, head of Plastic Surgery and Chief Administrative Officer of AIIMS…can the committee explain why she cannot be terminated for dereliction of her duty,” reads the letter.

Nisa, who was working with the anesthesia department of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, belongs to the Angami tribe of Nagaland.

To discuss the said matter, National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) has written to the Union health secretary and AIIMS director asking them to be personally present on April 19 in the discussion regarding sacking of a senior resident.

The NCST had earlier also urged the AIIMS to submit facts and information on the action taken on the allegations in the case.

In a reply filed by AIIMS, the hospital stated

“AIIMS had conducted two inquiries regarding the death of the nursing officer as well as her baby post-delivery. The inquiry report of the high-level committee chaired by AIIMS Director took the decision to issue a termination order to N. Nisa. He was given an opportunity of hearing before the inquiry committee and his representation was duly considered,”

Rajbir Kaur, 28, a nursing officer with AIIMS’ medicine department, she had been admitted to AIIMS for a normal delivery on January 16. Hours before the delivery, doctors found that the heart beat of the fetus was slow, thus immediately taking the patient for an emergency cesarean. Family members of the nurse alleged that the anesthetist arrived late, delaying the surgery.

In February 2017, AIIMS terminated services of a Senior Resident doctor and initiated disciplinary action against three others in connection with the death of a pregnant nurse.

AIIMS Deputy Director V Sriniavs said the senior resident, Anaesthesiology, was found guilty of “wilful absence” and reached the operation theater nearly an hour late.

Read also: AIIMS nurse death: Sr Anaesthesia terminated, 3 others face action

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Source: With inputs from IANS and TOI
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  1. Anaesthetist is only responsible after taking up the case for the procedure . Anaesthetist can not and should not be held responsible in absentia or when the case has been started before his /her arrival . The operating Gynaecologist is totally responsible as she did everything of her own without consulting the Senior Resident Anaesthesia . She did operate the patient without anaesthesia which means it was totally her decision as the concerned Anaesthetist was not present .

  2. \”…operating Gynaecologist is totally responsible…\”

    How come? There was an anesthetist present (who happened to be just a JR). Are we expecting the operating gynecologist be checking the ID card of all staff in the OT before starting an operation?

    Or is it the Anesthesia department\’s responsibility to ensure that only qualified persons can give GA in the OTs that they run?

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    Dr Amit Sharma April 13, 2017, 2:25 am

    The Sr is mentioning that the gynae Sr took the patient in an ill equiped OT to save the time and baby ,without consulting her.When the GA was given ,it failed ,and the patient was operated in inadequate anaesthesia,failed spinal ,followed by failed intubation lead to the catastrophe. However had she been taken Care in a well equiped emergency OT,after consulting her ,at least her life could have been saved .
    So this case has to be thoroughly investigated,as I think there is lapse from the obs and gynae dept as well.

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