Medical Council of India has indicted senior medicine specialist Dr Sukumar Mukherjee and veteran dermatologist Dr Baidyanath Halder of Kolkata for negligence and breaching standard medical protocols in treating a woman Anuradha Saha, an NRI and US-based child psychologist, who later died. The MCI’s decision overturns the two doctors’ exoneration by West Bengal Medical Council.
The MCI’s ethics committee has recommended that Dr Sukumar Mukherjee and Dr Baidyanath Halder, who are both in their 70s now, should be disallowed from practising medicine for three months by the state medical council. The committee has said that while Dr Mukherjee and Dr Halder had acted in good faith, they were negligent and did not follow standard protocol in treating the patient.
According to the MCI’s ethics committee, Dr Sukumar Mukherjee had prescribed an overdose of a long-acting steroid to Anuradha Saha, high for a patient with her skin condition and exceeding the maximum recommended usage by the drug manufacturer. Dr Baidyanath Halder, who took over Anuradha’s treatment after Dr Mukherjee, “added more fuel to the fire” by prescribing a quick-acting steroid.
Anuradha Saha died in May 1998 at age 36 following complications after treatment initiated when she had developed fever and skin rash in Kolkata about a month earlier. Her husband, Dr Kunal Saha, a US-based physician, has said the MCI’s verdict exposes “the rotten state of affairs” in the state medical council that had examined the case and exonerated both doctors in 2002. [Source: Telegraph]