Seven months after over 60 people lost vision in one of their eyes in botched cataract surgeries at an eye camp in Barwani, the public health and family welfare department on Tuesday revoked suspension of the district’s in-charge civil surgeon.
The suspension order was revoked as no charge sheet was issued against the doctor within the stipulated 90 days time. A charge sheet was filed against the surgeon on April 27 this year, after a lapse of three months.
Civil surgeon and six others were suspended on Dec 7 last year
Civil surgeon and chief superintendent of district hospital, Dr Amar Singh Vishnar, and six others, including an ophthalmologist, four nurses and one lab technician, were suspended on December 7 last year due to gross negligence in conducting eye surgeries at the free eye camp organised by the public health and family welfare department.
66 people had lost vision in one eye post surgery
Eighty-six patients had undergone cataract operations at the Barwani district hospital between November 16 and 23. After the surgery, most of the patients complained of irritation in their operated eyes and later 66 people lost their vision.
On April 30, Dr Vishnar had filed a writ petition before the Indore bench of the Madhya Pradesh high court challenging the suspension order passed against him under Rule 9 of the MP Civil Services (Classification, Control and Appeal) Rules, 1966.
The petitioner’s counsel, VK Patwari, argued that no charge sheet was served upon Dr Vishnar within the stipulated period of 90 days after the suspension order was passed on December 7 and pleaded that the order of suspension be revoked.
Dr Vishnar, at present, is on leave after joining as a paediatrician at district hospital in Barwani. He told HT that he was served charge sheet later on April 27 and an inquiry was on in the case.
Chief superintendent of district hospital Dr Amar Singh Vishnar and six others were suspended on December 7
On April 30, Dr Vishnar filed a writ petition challenging the suspension order passed against him
Petitioner’s counsel argued that no charge sheet was served upon Dr Vishnar within the stipulated period of 90 days and pleaded that the order of suspension be revoked.