Strike defending medics negligence unethical: HC
Sayeed Muhammad: Observing strikes at hospitals, clinics and diagnostic centres to justify medical negligence during treatment is unethical, said High Court in its observation.
If the professions involving the police, doctors and lawyers are destroyed for the activities of some miscreants, citizens will suffer, the court said, reports The Daily Star.
The High Court bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader made the observation during hearing a rule yesterday.
Many people go abroad for treatment due to medical inadequacy and negligence in the country and therefore, huge foreign currencies are spent, the court said as it was referring to the recent incidents in Chittagong.
Private clinics, hospitals and diagnostic centres in the premier port city went on a strike following mobile court drives in four hospitals on Sunday.
Earlier on June 29, Raifa Khan, daughter of a senior journalist in Chittagong, died of medical negligence at Max Hospital, a private hospital. Soon after the incident, there came demands for punishment of doctors whose negligence was proven in an investigation conducted by a three-member committee led by the Chittagong civil surgeon.
The High Court bench was holding hearing a rule issued over the incident of 20 people losing eyesight following surgeries at a health centre on March 5. It asked the director general of the directorate of health services to submit a report before it by July 16 specifying the reasons for losing the eyesight of 20 people.
The 20 people lost their eyes following surgeries at the Impact Masudul Haque Memorial Community Health Centre in Chuadanga on March 5 as the authorities did not adopt appropriate safety measures, says a report published on Bangla daily Samakal on March 29.