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AIIMS ‘putting reputation at stake’, says court

HC remark came on the All India Institute of Medical Sciences’s defence on why Dr Bisoi could not be allowed to perform surgeries.

delhi Updated: Apr 02, 2009 01:59 IST
Harish V nAIR
Harish V nAIR
Hindustan Times

The row over suspension of surgeon A K Bisoi and resultant denial of life-saving surgery to some infants admitted under his care is turning out to be a major embarrassment for the All India Institute of Medical Sciences each passing day.

A day after it was accused of giving precedence to ego clashes and internal politics over lives of patients, the hospital faced further flak from the Delhi High Court on Wednesday for giving an impression that they were permitting high infant mortality rate and also putting the reputation of the institution at stake by terming some operations performed at the hospital as “risky”.

A Bench headed by Chief Justice A P Shah was dealing with plea by mother of a baby girl Rekha seeking a direction to allow Bisoi to perform the surgery.

The remark was provoked by an affidavit filed by the hospital stating that out of the total 96 switch surgeries performed on children between the age group of 2 days and 4 years in 2008, 14 died.

It stated that Bisoi conducted 77 of those surgeries and 11 of them died.

The court wondered why the switch surgery was being done so commonly when their own affidavit said “the decision to adopt switch surgery after the age of one month has very high mortality rate and that is why the same was not a preferred procedure”.

The affidavit said the death rate was less — one out 22 — in the alternate senning procedure done last year. “The affidavit gives us an impression that high mortality rate is being permitted by AIIMS,” court said.

Replying to a query on why Bisoi cannot be allowed to perform the surgery on Rekha, AIIMS Director R C Deka said: “It would not be an appropriate decision during the currency of his suspension as it may create various administrative problems and surgical intervention at this stage with such a high risk might lead to problems for the child who is as on date without any symptom.”

An angry court then asked: “By citing the excuse of administrative problem and stating the operation as risky, aren’t you putting the reputation of the institute at stake?” The court also sought to know what the charges against Bisoi had to do with medical competence.

First Published: Apr 02, 2009 01:55 IST