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Malpractice: Senior doctor indicted

The Medical Council of India has indicted a senior doctor at Safdarjung Hospital for indiscriminate use of stents on a patient. Jaya Shroff Bhalla reports.

delhi Updated: Jun 11, 2011 23:17 IST
Jaya Shroff Bhalla

The Medical Council of India has indicted a senior doctor at Safdarjung Hospital for indiscriminate use of stents on a patient.

The MCI's ethics committee found Dr Rakesh Verma, head of department of cardiology, guilty of unprofessional conduct in dealing with a "hapless patient."

"Dr Verma was charged with indiscriminately prescribing stents for the patient and also making money from it. All the evidence produced by the patient were serious and could not be ignored," said a member of the committee. "The MCI held at least three meeting...Despite several notices the doctor ignored the hearings," he said.

"The ethics committee considered the complaint against Dr Rakesh Verma and after hearing both the parties and perusing the records and FIR, it is noted that Dr Rakesh Verma has been accused of serious allegations of violating the faith reposed in a doctor by hapless patient. He has been misusing his profession for indulging various acts and omission which is unbecoming of a medical practitioner," said the MCI in a note issued to the doctor.

"Having regard to seriousness and nature of allegations, the Ethics Committee recommends that licence of Dr. Verma be suspended during the pendency of the criminal case against him," said the note.

The patient (name withheld by the MCI) had complained to the MCI against the doctor last year. The patient's family had also lodged an FIR with the police. The decision was taken by the last board of governors of the MCI under the chairmanship of Dr SK Sarin, head of Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences.

In July 2010, a case of disproportionate assets was registered under Prevention of Corruption Act against Dr Verma. As per the CBI's information, Dr Verma allegedly accumulated properties worth over Rs 10 crore.