3 doctors face Medical Council wrath for allegedly issuing False Medical Certificate to patient
Chennai: Finding a Coimbatore-based doctor guilty for issuing a false medical certificate for helping a relative of a patient to register an expensive property in his name, the Tamil Nadu Medical Council, on May 4, has suspended the doctor from the medical registry for two years.
Besides, for their alleged complicity, the council has directed the Karnataka Medical Council to suspend two other doctors associated with the city hospital for "short of the standard of care, integrity and conduct". The state medical council suggested removing the name of the former medical superintendent for one year and the treating physician's name for six months.
It was found by the Council that the doctor had mentioned in the certificate that the patient was although ill, was conscious. This helped the relative of the patient to register a property worth Rs 50 crore in his name.
All three doctors have been directed to surrender their registration certificates before the Council.
As per the latest media report by the Times of India, the matter came to light in 2018, when the daughter of the patient wrote to the council on October 19 alleging that a Coimbatore-based doctor had issued a false medical certificate about the health condition of her father, who was undergoing treatment at the ICU of Fortis Malar Hospital, Chennai.
The accused doctor allegedly mentioned in the false certificate that the patient was although ill and confined to bed, was conscious and oriented. This had been done without informing the treating doctors of the patient and the patient's thumb impression.
Using this certificate, one relative of the patient could register a costly property in his name on October 9, 2015. This fraudulent settlement deed had been done only two days before the patient died.
The daughter of the patient also attached a copy of the FIR filed against four people, including the then Neelankari sub-registrar, adds TOI.
After the Council began its proceedings, the accused doctor informed the Council on January 11, 2019, that he had visited the patient on several occasions and the patient "was not on ventilator" and was "conscious".
However, the disciplinary committee on August 26, 2019, found out that the hospital entries suggested a different story altogether. That is why the former and serving medical superintendents were called in to clarify the issue. They submitted the medical record of the patient before the Council and the record showed that on October 8, 2015 – the date mentioned by the doctor in the certificate, the patient was admitted to the ICU and was confused and disoriented, as reported by the Times of India.
The treating physician of the patient was also called by the Committee, and he deposed before the committee on April 22, 2021.
Meanwhile, speaking to Medical Dialogues, the President of Tamil Nadu Medical Council Dr K Senthil informed, "After detailed inquiries, the committee found that the respondent had issued a fake medical certificate to help a relative get properties through a fraudulent settlement deed two days before the death of the patient. The committee concluded that three doctors were guilty of misconduct."