Can a doctor refuse to rush to attend the medical emergencies away from the premises of the clinical setup?
- Please note that your own security comes first, if you feel that you are not secured or convinced about the genuineness of help, you can refuse. It is legally and logically correct. So far as legal stand is concerned, following precautions are advised
-You can refuse to attend medical emergencies away from your promises provided they are not in your care previously. If they are not your old patients, you can cite a reason and ask them to take to near hospital
-You cannot refuse to see medical emergencies if patients are brought to your clinical setup. Stabilise the patient first and then refer to correct centre or if needed, take them to the hospital yourself. You cannot charge patient for this, this has to be provided free (Clinical establishment Act)
-If you do not do as indicated above, action can be taken by government, police and Medical council against you. Your clinic can be sealed by govt, police may arrest you in case of negligence and your name may be erased by medical council beside cases in consumer court also (This is maximum action which can be taken in such circumstances)
-If you are going out of your clinic to see emergency and if you are a female doctor, and you don’t want to go alone, you can take some employee with you. If they resent his going with you, you can refuse to go
Source: Medico-Legal Tip of the Day, 2015 by Prof R. K. Sharma