Nitika Manchanda died from gross medical negligence following delivery of a baby after doctors in the the well-known Max Hospital in Pitampura, New Delhi simply ignored her complaint of severe pain in the abdomen. After Delhi Medical Council dismissed her hapless father, Suraj Manchanda’s earnest plea to cancel the license of the guilty doctors, the Medical Council of India (MCI) found 4 doctors including her primary gynecologist, Dr. Alka Gupta, Dr. Pooja Bhatia, Dr. Vikas Mangla and Dr. Rajeev Kapoor of Max Hospital guilty for medical negligence during the Ethics Committee meeting on 8th March, 2011 (see the news in Mid-Day below). The Ethics Committee has summoned all parties to their next hearing on 10th May, 2011 to decide the “quantum of punishment”.
While we applaud the stance adopted by the MCI Ethics Committee in overturning the biased decision of the Delhi Medical Council and finding the Max Hospital doctors guilty for “medical negligence”, we sincerely hope that the MCI will give exemplary punishment to the guilty doctors next week without any further delay of justice. Reckless doctors who are responsible for the death of innocent patients deserve nothing less than cancellation of their medical registrations. As we reported before, the same Ethics Committee in their meeting 9 months ago (on August 3, 2010) also found two principal doctors (Dr. Sukumar Mukherjee and Dr. Baidyanath Halder) guilty for causing death of Anuradha Saha and summoned the two guilty doctors for determination of the “quantum of punishment” (see the Ethics Committee letter below). Ironically, the “quantum of punishment” for the two doctors responsible for Anuradha’s death is still languishing in the MCI as the Ethics Committee has continued to keep this “judgment reserved” for month after month. Will the Ethics Committee deliver appropriate punishment for the Max Hospital doctors next week or will they now start playing the delaying game to shield the doctors who killed innocent Nitika? Justice delayed is justice denied. The MCI must show their true color now – license of the doctors who have been already found guilty for medical negligence by the MCI must be cancelled without any further delay.