BJP spokesman Sambit Patra under Delhi Medical Council lens for negligence in post-operative care

01 April, 2016

NEW DELHI: Bharatiya Janata Party spokesman Sambit Patra is among two doctors under the Delhi Medical Council scanner for alleged negligence in post-operative care.

A Delhi-based general physician alleged that her 81-year-old mother, operated upon for piles by main surgeon Alok Aggarwal and Patra at NKS Hospital in 2013, did not receive any post-operative care or supervision, leading to heavy bleeding and subsequently her death within a week of the surgery. The complaint dated August 1, 2014 is "under consideration", according to the council's website.

The council's president Arun Gupta told ET that the complaint against the two doctors was studied by the executive committee of the body and referred to the second level of examination, the disciplinary committee, for further examination a month ago. As president, Gupta also heads the body's executive committee which examines all complaints of medical negligence that come to the council.

The date of hearing will be fixed soon, after which both the parties will be intimated, Gupta said. Patra told ET he has not received anything from the council. "I don't want to comment on it right now. I am not involved in the case anyway as I was just the referring doctor," he said.

The complainant alleged that her mother was not catheterised and her urine output was not checked for hours and despite multiple requests for two days. She also said that her mother, who was doing fine before the surgery, died within days of the operation that caused her to bleed profusely.

The complainant, who did not want to be identified, refused to comment on her specific allegations. However, she told ET, "People with bleeding due to piles live for years...I don't wish to give trouble to anyone but the lack of promised care my mother faced was unfortunate and I don't want anyone to go through that. I just want doctors to be more careful even in basic surgeries."

Other doctors familiar with the case said the complainant had consulted Patra after her mother faced instances of occasional bleeding and she wanted to make sure it was not rectal cancer. She was recommended to go for the surgery and was assured that it would be "bloodless and painless", said one of the doctors, who did not wish to be identified.

Only after this assurance did the complainant convince her mother and prepare her for the surgery, this doctor said.