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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Medical officer gets jail over waste disposal

From In a landmark judgment, the sub-divisional judicial magistrate court Jagatsinghpur on Wednesday awarded six-month imprisonment to former additional district medical officer Nityananda Panda for failure in disposal of hospital waste and violation of Environment (Protection) Act, 1986. In his verdict on Tuesday, the SDJM Alekh Kumar Pradhan also imposed a penalty of `50,000 on Panda and further one-month in prison in case he fails to deposit the penalty. Besides, the court also slapped a penalty of `50,000 on the authorities of the district headquarters hospital. The directive of the court came at the end of hearing in a criminal case filed by the Orissa State Pollution Control Board against Dr Panda. It may be mentioned that the Orissa high court in 2009 had asked the OSPCB to register criminal cases against the medical authorities for improper waste disposal management in gross violation of Environment (Protection) Rules. Acting on the directive of the court, the board had given provisional authorisation for one year to the Jagatsinghpur hospital for disposal of waste. However, the board during its inspection of the hospital on April 4, 2010, found gross irregularities in waste management by the hospital authorities. Taking strong exception to the lackadaisical attitude of the hospital authorities, the board had issued a show cause notice to them on May 1, 2010.

Private college hospitals can do autopsies, says court Chennai: The Madras high court has suggested to the state government to explore the feasibility of permitting private medical college hospitals to perform autopsies on unidentified bodies, which will relieve the congestion in mortuaries in government hospitals. A division bench comprising Justices S. Rajeswaran and P. N. Prakash gave the suggestion while issuing a set of directions to authorities relating to man missing cases and unidentified bodies. Citing an order of the Karnataka government relating to conducting of post-mortem, the bench said, “Due to paucity of post-mortem doctors in government hospitals, post-mortem on unidentified bodies is not done immediately and preference is given only to murder cases, accident cases and in cases where the body is identified. In our opinion, a solution to this problem can be found, if private medical college hospitals in the state are given permission to conduct post-mortem as done in the state of Karnataka”. In Tamil Nadu, there were 19 government medical colleges and 26 private medical colleges, of which 11 were deemed universities. At present, students studying in these private medical colleges were sent to the government medical college hospitals for getting training in autopsy, the bench pointed out. To begin with, on a trial basis, if the government grants permission to these private medical colleges to perform autopsies on unidentified bodies, it will relieve the congestion in the mortuaries in the government hospitals. The orthodox may raise their eyebrows and ask anxiously “Will not these private doctors become amenable to influence and issue bogus post-mortem certificates?” But, the situation seems no better in the government hospitals either. “If videography of all post-mortems, whether done in government hospital or private hospital is made compulsory, such misadventures can be curtailed”, the bench added. The bench said an apprehension was voiced that the state will not be able to take any action against a doctor of a private medical college, if the post-mortem certificate given by him was found to be bogus. It cited various sections under the Indian Penal Code dealing with furnishing false information and causing disappearance of evidence, among others that are to prosecute the doctor. The legislature can also bring in an amendment to the definition of “public servant” found in section 21 of IPC and in section 2 © of the Prevention of Corruption Act, by including “The doctors who perform autopsy at the request of a police officer” so that the doctor can be prosecuted even under the Prevention of Corruption Act, the bench added.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Penalised for Not Giving Doc Rural Service Marks



Pulling up the State Health Secretary and the Secretary of the Medical Selection Committee for not awarding marks to a young doctor for her rural service, thereby denying her an opportunity to pursue postgraduate specialisation course, the Madras High Court bench here imposed a fine of `1 lakh on each of them.

The doctor J Mercy Rumya Florence, an assistant surgeon, was temporarily appointed at a primary health centre in Thulukarapatti in Tirunelveli where she worked for two years and four months. Later, she appeared for an entrance exam in 2012-13, for pursuing postgraduate degree course and scored 63.36 marks. As per the prospectus she was eligible to be awarded one mark for each completed year of Compulsory Rotatory Residential Internship (CRRI) in rural area. However, she was not given the marks on the grounds that it is awarded only for doctors who are in regular service. Justice S Nagamuthu said that due to the careless attitude of the respondents, the petitioner had lost her right to acquire a PG seat and she deserved to be compensated for it.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Govternmen Doctor to Pay Rs 5,000 for Illegal Aid to Police

Published: 24th January 2014 08:49 AM
Last Updated: 24th January 2014 08:49 AM
Dr S Rajendran, presently working As Chief Medical Officer, Government Hospital in Jayankondam in Ariyalur district, is directed by the TN State Human Rights Commission to pay a compensation of Rs5,000, for assisting the local police to build up a false case against a villager.
SHRC Acting chairperson Jayanthi, IAS (retired), who gave the direction on Thursday, also directed Kosalraman, presently working as SI, Intelligence section, Tiruchy, to pay Rs25,000 to Abhimannan of Chettithirukonam village in Ariyalur district, for violating his human rights. The State government should pay the entire amount of Rs30,000 to Abhimannan within four weeks and recover the same from the SI and the doctor, the commission said.
According to Abhimannan, one Malar of the village filed a civil suit against him over a property and the same was pending before the Civil Court in Ariyalur. While so, he was picked up by cops on September 28, 2004 and taken to Vikramangalam police station, where he was directed to pay Rs5,000 to settle the dues of the station personnel due to a nearby hotel to favourably settle the civil case. He was abused with filthy language and severely attacked, when he refused to oblige. A false case was registered against him, produced before the local magistrate belatedly and remanded in custody. Abhimannan moved the SHRC with the present complaint.
Passing orders on it, the SHRC observed that the evidence available in the case, coupled with the documents, would show that the complainant was picked up by Kosalraman on September 28, 2004 from his house and was taken to the Vikramangalam Police Station, where he was illegally detained and was shown as arrested only at 2 pm on that day and that he was brutally assaulted by the SI. The doctor has extended all his illegal assistance by filing a false medical certificate.