Srinagar: Police and medical experts will separately investigate a complaint that a doctor snapped the oxygen supply to a patient allegedly to settle scores with a colleague. The two doctors had entered into a scuffle some time before one of them allegedly attempted to “play with the life of the patient”. The patient’s attendants then reported the matter to the management of SMHS Hospital in Srinagar.
Following the complaint, police have filed a case at Karan Nagar police station while the Government Medical College (GMC) has set up an inquiry committee to probe the incident.
Station House Officer Parvez Ahmad said that investigations have been taken up after a complaint was received from the attendants of a patient admitted in the hospital. “A case (16/2016) has been registered against unknown persons (doctor) after attendants complained that a doctor pulled the oxygen pipe of their patient,” Ahmad told Kashmir Reader.
The complainant said that a doctor, who concealed his/her identity, came to see their patient during Monday night and inexplicably removed the oxygen pipe when the patient required continuous oxygen supply. Sources told Kashmir Reader that prior to this incident, a doctor and his female colleague had a verbal brawl inside the operation theatre. They hurled abuses at each other and were seen in a fit of rage. The squabble took place when the particular patient was inside the OT for surgery.
In the intervening night, one of the doctors visited the post-operative ward and removed the oxygen pipe of the patient whose identity has not been revealed. One of the doctors involved in the squabble has, in the past, leveled serious allegations against a senior colleague, which were proven baseless later.
Principal GMC and Associated Hospitals Dr Kaiser Ahmad said he has set up a high-level inquiry committee to probe the matter. He, however, refused to divulge details of the case. “Until the inquiry committee report is out, it will be premature to comment on it,” he said.
Asked why the inquiry was called, Dr Kaiser said, “There was an overall complaint of indiscipline and the probe would ascertain everything about it.” Dr Rifat Ara, who is heading the inquiry committee along with other members said she has not taken up the investigation yet.