Former patients claim medical malpractice

  • fake academic certificate scandal
- Post Report, Kathmandu
The CIB suspects that there could be many cases of medical malpractice committed by the arrested doctors

Jun 27, 2016-Two former patients of one of the doctors arrested in fake academic certificate scandal have lodged a complaint at the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) of Nepal Police, claiming medical malpractice.

Arun Kumar Gupta, who used to practice medicine at Norvic International Hospital and Alka Hospital before his arrest, is accused of misdiagnosing the conditions of Bhairab Shrestha and Rudra Niroula. In their complaint to CIB made on Friday, Shrestha and Niroula have also accused Gupta of prescribing medicines for the conditions they did not have.

Superintendent of Police Dibesh Lohani, the CIB spokesperson, said Gupta had submitted fake academic credentials from Bihar Intermediate Education Council (BIEC) to acquire medical licence from the Nepal Medical Council.  

The CIB suspects that there could be many cases of medical malpractice committed by the arrested doctors. Among the 36 arrested doctors, 10 of them had completed their post-graduate degrees in various subjects and were conducting complex surgeries.

According to SP Lohani, they will be charged for fraud and medical malpractice. Under the Nepal Medical Council Act-1964, anyone producing false credentials to practice medicine could face a jail term of three years and Rs 3,000 fine or both. 

Published: 27-06-2016 09:21

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