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Strike to justify doctors’ negligence unethical: HC

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The High Court (HC) on Monday noticed that observing strikes at hospitals, clinics and diagnostic centres to justify medical negligence during treatment is unethical.
"To err is human. You can commit error too. But it is injustice to call strike to justify the error. It makes us concerned," said the court.
The HC bench of Justice F R M Nazmul Ahasan and Justice K M Kamrul Kader also said during hearing a rule, if the professions involving the police, doctors and lawyers are destroyed for the activities of some miscreants, citizens will suffer.
Many people go abroad for treatment due to medical inadequacy and negligence in the country and therefore, huge foreign currencies     are spent, the court said, referring to the recent incidents in Chattogram. Private clinics, hospitals and diagnostic centres in Chattogram went on a strike in response to Mobile Court drives of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in the port city's four hospitals on Sunday.
Earlier on June 29, Raifa Khan, daughter of a senior journalist in Chattogram, died of medical negligence at Max Hospital. Soon after the incident, there came demands for punishment of doctors whose negligence was proven in an investigation conducted by a three-member committee led by the Chattogram Civil Surgeon. The High Court bench was holding hearing a rule issued over the incident of 20 people losing eyesight following surgeries at a health centre on March 5.
The bench asked the Director General of the Directorate of Health Services to submit a report in the court within July 16 specifying the reasons for losing the eyesight of 20 people. ICDDR,B examination found bacteria in the medicines used by the hospital for eye treatment but the report of the Directorate General of Health Services found nothing suspicious and found no negligence on the part of physicians .
The court also asked Directorate General of Health Services of complete its report on Chudanga case.
Twenty persons lost their eyes following surgeries at the Impact Masudul Haque Memorial Community Health Centre (IMHMCHC) in Chuadanga on March 5 as the authorities did not adopt appropriate safety measures, according to a report published on a Bengali daily on March 29. Following a writ petition filed by Supreme Court lawyer Amit Das Gupta, the HC on April 1 issued the rule asking the Director and a physician of IMHMCHC in Chuadanga to explain why they should not be directed to give Tk 20 crore in compensation to 20 people who lost their eyesight.
Barrister M Amir-Ul Islam appeared for IMHMCHC.

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