#LegallySpeaking: Medico-Legal Tip
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#LegallySpeaking: Medico-Legal Tip
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.

Source: http://www.doctorsdirectoryindia.com/assets/medicolegal/A-Doctor-like-any-other-professional-can-take-leave.pdf
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