Patient dies after chemotherapy ‘faux pas’ in Kolkata clinic

July 9th, 2008 - 10:10 pm ICT by IANS  


Kolkata, July 9 (IANS) A cancer patient died Wednesday in a private hospital here after an anaesthetist allegedly injected chemo medicine into his spine instead of vein. “Kuntal Chowdhury was injected vincrestine, an anti-cancer drug, into the spine by an anaesthetist in the absence of Rajesh Jindal, the doctor-in-charge, at Woodlands Nursing Home June 14. He died Wednesday after living on ventilator for the past 15 days,” said his colleague Sujit Das.

“Seeing Chowdhury’s deteriorating health, Jindal advised him to be taken to Mumbai’s Tata Memorial Hospital. But doctors there declared that there is nothing to be done. He was admitted to Belle View Nursing Home here June 24.”

“It’s not a case of mere negligence but a murder. How can a doctor be so irresponsible to be absent while his patient is being given chemotherapy!” said Das.

People for Better Treatment (PBT)- one of India’s eminent patient’s rights body - has already sent a memorandum to the state’s human rights department demanding imprisonment of Jindal and the anaesthetist.

PBT spokesperson Maloy Ganguly told IANS: “We will send memorandum to the state government and the health ministry in a day or two. The doctor and the anaesthetist should be punished at any cost.”

Chowdhury, a 37-year-old bank employee, was admitted to Mumbai’s Tata Memorial Hospital with gland cancer (malignant neoplasm lymphoma) February. Later, he was admitted to Kolkata’s Woodlands Nursing Home June. Thereafter, he took three sessions of chemotherapy under Jindal.

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