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Negligent Doctors to Be Charged for Leaving Towel in Patientís Stomach

by VR Sreeraman on August 10, 2007 at 6:38 PM
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Negligent Doctors to Be Charged for Leaving Towel in Patientís Stomach

A towel was recovered from the stomach of a patient who had undergone surgery at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), which has now launched a probe in the alleged case of negligence.

Gursharan Kaur, a west Delhi resident, had undergone gall bladder surgery July 27 at the country's premier institute. She, however, soon complained of pain and was again operated upon in a private nursing home.

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Her relatives said that doctors found a towel in Kaur's stomach during the second operation.

Reacting to the allegation, AIIMS authorities said they were taking the matter seriously and had already ordered a probe.

'The AIIMS director has set up a committee comprising three senior doctors. They will investigate the matter and submit a report within two days,' said Shakti Gupta, professor in charge of media at the medical college.
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'We came to know about the matter through media this evening and the committee will discuss all possible angles of the story telecast by a TV channel before reaching a conclusion,' Gupta told IANS.

'Appropriate action' would be taken against the concerned doctors and support staff if they were found to have been negligent, he added.

Source: IANS
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