The Delhi Medical Council (DMC) has suspended registration of a doctor for three months for medical negligence. Action was taken after the council found the doctor had left a gauze piece in the stomach of a female patient. The council has also forwarded the matter to the Directorate of Health Services of the Delhi government.
Registrar of the DMC, Dr Girish Tyagi, said the registration of Dr Rupinder Singh has been cancelled for a period of three months over negligence on his part during a surgery. “During the investigation, it was found that due to negligence a gauze piece had been left inside the patient’s stomach in a surgery conducted by Dr Singh. It was Dr Singh’s duty to monitor that his team member had counted the gauze piece used during the surgery,” Dr Tyagi added.
In April 2012, a patient approached Dr Singh at the Janki Das Kapoor Memorial Hospital at Pandav Nagar in Naraina with an infection in stomach. During treatment, it was found that infection had spread to other parts of body and the patient needed to undergo a surgery to cure the infection.
On April 4, Dr Singh conducted an emergency surgery on the patient and she was discharged from the hospital later. After the surgery in spite of getting relief, the patient’s stomach was swollen.
The patient’s family approached the Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital for the treatment of her swollen stomach. During the treatment, the doctors at the hospital found that the patient’s stomach was swollen due to a gauze piece left inside during the previous surgery.
Gauge piece from the patient stomach was removed by the DDU doctors. Her family members filed a complaint against the doctor.