Delhi High Court on Tuesday took strong exception to patient care in the prestigious AIIMS hospital falling victim to “internal issues” and “ego clashes” within the management and doctors.
A bench headed by Chief Justice A.P. Shah said so after it received a letter from the mother of a one-and-a-half year old baby denied a life-saving surgery — transposition of arteries — because of the sudden suspension of cardio-thoracic surgeon Dr AK Bisoi who was overseeing the baby’s treatment.
HT had last week reported about the uncertainty faced by some infants admitted for the delicate surgery after the suspension of Bisoi, associate professor of cardiac surgery at AIIMS. He was suspended on March 9 on allegations that he certified a Sulabh International employee as a perfusionist, enabling him to get a job in the surgical team of CTVS department in G B Pant hospital. A perfusionist operates a heart-lung machine during cardiac surgery.
“We are only interested in saving the life of the child. Nothing less. Nothing more. We are least bothered about the internal issues and ego issues within your hospital”, Justice Shah told AIIMS lawyers.
The bench had initially summoned AIIMS director Dr R.C. Deka to the court but was later satisfied with the explanations from some department heads.
Sensing from the submission of various AIIMS doctors that Bisoi was the only expert who could help the baby, the court asked the lawyers to take instructions from Deka if Bisoi can be allowed to perform the operation. The court sought a reply by Wednesday when the bench will pronounce an order.
Hinting that Bisoi, believed to be close to former AIIMS director Dr P Venugopal with whom former Union health Minister Dr A Ramadoss has a running battle, was being victimised, a lawyer representing the association of AIIMS doctors told the court: “Even one-and-half years back he was suspended on charges of committing negligence but till now there is no chargesheet.”