A private hospital in Islamabad has fined Rs. 1 million for the death of a patient as a result of medical malpractice. The incident occurred in April 2023, when a 35-year-old man admitted to the hospital for a routine surgery. However, the surgery went wrong, and the patient died a few hours later.
The patient’s family filed a complaint with the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC), which investigated the matter and found the hospital guilty of medical negligence. The PMDC imposed a fine of Rs. 1 million on the hospital and also suspended the license of the doctor who performed the surgery.
This is the first time that a private hospital in Pakistan has fined for medical negligence. The incident has highlighted the growing problem of medical malpractice in the country.
In recent years, there have been a number of cases of patients dying or being seriously injured due to medical negligence. In many cases, the victims are unable to get justice, as the hospitals and doctors involved often get away with it.
The PMDC’s decision to fine the hospital in Islamabad is a welcome step. It sends a strong message that medical negligence will not tolerated. However, more needs to be done to address the problem of medical malpractice in Pakistan.
The incident has also raised concerns about the safety of patients in private hospitals. Private hospitals are often more expensive than public hospitals, but they also seen as being more efficient and providing better quality care. However, the incident in Islamabad shows that even private hospitals are not immune to medical negligence.
Patients should carefully consider their options before choosing a hospital for treatment. They should do their research and talk to other patients to get their feedback. It is also important to choose a hospital that accredited by a reputable organization, such as the PMDC.
Patients should also be aware of their rights and take steps to protect themselves from medical negligence. They should keep a record of all their interactions with doctors and nurses, and they should ask for copies of all their medical records. They should also be assertive and ask questions if they have any concerns.
If patients believe that they have been the victim of medical negligence, they should report the incident to the PMDC or another relevant authority. They should also seek legal advice to discuss their options. The incident in Islamabad is a reminder that everyone is vulnerable to medical negligence.