#LegallySpeaking: Medico-Legal Tip
~ A Doctor, like any other professional can take leave if felt necessary by him on account of his personal reasons or otherwise.
~ If that happens, the hospital must make alternate arrangements.
• Background of the case:
~ The deceased patient aged 86, father of Complainant, was initially admitted to the hospital under the treatment of one doctor but later was put under treatment of another doctor.
~ Unfortunately, he succumbed to long-existing chronic end-stage respiratory disease, while on a ventilator.
• Complainant's allegation:
~ Treating Doctor went outstation without giving proper instruction to his fellow doctor when the patient was still admitted to the Hospital.
• Doctor's Defense:
~ On account of the critical sickness of the patient, he advised shifting the patient to ICU before leaving for the outstation.
~ The patient was put on an invasive ventilator after taking consent from the complainant.
• National Commission Held that:
~ Briefing by the main treating Doctor to other Doctor, in his absence, would not be necessary since the treatment record of patient is kept in the hospital.
~ Therefore any suitably qualified doctor attending the patient, in the absence of the previous doctor, would be in a position to advise appropriate treatment and medicine.
~ A Doctor, like any other professional, can take leave if felt necessary by him on account of his reasons or otherwise.
~ If that happens it is for the hospital in which the patient is admitted to make alternative arrangements.