What to do when a patient wants discharge in absence of in-charge doctor?
-Whenever the patient seeks discharge in the absence of the in-charge doctor or expresses lack of confidence in the locum/ substitute, the patient must be discharged
-Only to avoid payment of fees patients seek legal recourse and this is becoming fairly common. Indian courts have also started taking cognizance of this fact
-A patient cannot be refused discharge for inability to pay fees. The best option would obviously be to take enough advance
The patient was hospitalised and the doctor reported that the blood had clotted in the brain. Blood tests were done the next day. On the 6th day of admission, the patient started losing memory and suffered from breathing problems. CT Scan was performed. Three days thereafter the patient was shifted to ICU and oxygen was provided. Two days thereafter, the patient started vomiting. A few days thereafter, the patient was referred to another hospital, as she had developed septicemia, where she expired on the day of admission.
Findings of the court
The court observed that, “It appears that the petitioner (patient) was to pay a huge bill and that is why this complaint was filed”. The court observed that the patient had not brought on record any evidence to prove that the doctor was negligent or there was any inaction. Hence the doctor and the nursing home were not held negligent.