Friday, October 5, 2018

UP court fines doctors Rs 5,000 for poor handwriting

Poor handwriting
 of doctors are not really surprising, but a court in 
Uttar Pradesh
 has put that on record now. 

A Lucknow bench of 
Allahabad high court
has imposed Rs 5,000 penalty each on three doctors in separate cases for their illegible handwriting. 

In the three criminal cases that came up for hearing last week, the injury report of the victims issued by hospitals from Sitapur, Unnao and 
Gonda district
 hospitals were "not readable" because the handwriting of the doctors who had issued them were "very poor".

The bench considered it an obstruction in the court work and summoned the three doctors - Dr TP Jaiswal of Unnao, Dr PK Goel of Sitapur and Dr Ashish Saxena of Gonda. A bench of Justice Ajai Lamba and Justice Sanjay Harkauli admonished them and asked them to deposit Rs 5,000 penalty in the court's library. 

The doctors pleaded they erred in writing legible prescriptions as they were overburdened.

The court further directed principal secretary (home), principal secretary (medical & health) and director general (medical & health) to ensure that in future, medico reports are prepared in "easy language and legible handwriting". The court also suggested that such reports should be computer-typed.

"The medico-legal report, if given clearly, can either endorse the incident as given by the eyewitnesses or can disprove the incident to a great extent. This is possible only if a detailed and clear medico-legal report is furnished by the doctors, with complete responsibility," the bench observed.

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