Indian private hospital’s negligence controversy

TWO doctors, a surgeon and a medical technician in India were arrested for having falsified records and using expired medication, among other offences, after some of their patients died, Malaysia Nanban reported.

Dr Niraj Agarwal and his wife Dr Pooja Agarwal, surgeon Jasprit Singh and technician Mahendra Singh have reportedly had nine complaints filed against them since 2016 for procedures carried out at a private hospital in New Delhi.

In seven of the cases, the complainants alleged that patients had died due to negligence.

In the latest incident, a patient who was supposed to be operated on by Jasprit underwent surgery by Dr Pooja and Mahendra instead. The patient experienced severe pain and was transferred to a government hospital but died later.

A four-member medical panel formed to investigate the matter found numerous problems with the private hospital.

It reportedly found falsified medical and surgical records, banned medicines, expired tools and needles, 47 cheque books and 54 ATM cards, and many other questionable practices.

● The above article is compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with this ' >'sign, it denotes a separate news item.

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