Following recommendation of the magisterial inquiry in the alleged botched-up cataract removal surgeries of 14 elderly persons, the Panipat deputy commissioner Sameer Pal Srow on Monday evening ordered to book a private eye surgeon and a social organisation for medical negligence.
Confirming this to Hindustan Times on Monday, Srow said that the inquiry conducted by the sub-divisional magistrate Subhash Sheoran has indicted Dr Ankur Gupta and Samalkha-based Samaj Sewa Samiti Sewarth Charitable Hospital for being negligent and not following the rules in performing eye surgeries.
“I have directed the police to book Dr Gupta and the organisation from Samalkha in Panipat for relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and Drug and Cosmetic Act. While no prior permission was sought from the district authorities for conducting surgeries, botched-up operations at the private hospital landed the poor villagers in severe complications due to negligence,” said the DC while clarifying that the office bearers of the NGO would be held responsible for the alleged botched-up surgeries.
Srow said that a further police investigation may look into the role of manufacturers of various drugs and tools used in the surgeries whose contamination may also be responsible in the episode.
A total of 18 patients had undergone a phaco surgery for cataract removal at Navjeevan Eye Hospital in Panipat on March 11.
On March 13 late evening, 14 patients were diagnosed with infection, which has put the victims in danger of going partially blind.
They are being treated at Post Graduate Institute of Medical Research and Education (PGIMER), Chandigarh. All patients were examined by Dr Ankur Gupta at Samaj Sewa Samiti Sewarth Charitable Hospital from where the elderly people were sent to Gupta’s hospital in Panipat city.
Later, the Panipat district administration on Saturday had ordered magisterial inquiry and Panipat sub divisional magistrate (SDM) Subhash Sheoran was directed to fix responsibilities in the case.
“It was indeed a medical fiasco by the doctor and the social agency that performed operations. Report categorically says that both parties cannot shun their responsibilities where 14 senior citizens are on the verge of losing eye sight,” said the DC.
Meanwhile, SDM Subhash Sheoran said it was a subject of a detailed police investigation if the contamination was caused by eye fluid, surgical instruments, operating theater or some other reason.
“Samples of chemicals and other medical tools have been taken by the experts. Since its analysis is a lengthy process and a thorough police probe would come with a specific conclusion. However, it is clear that the social organisation and the surgeon were party to the negligence where no due care was taken before the surgeries,” he said.