Skeptic News: Ayurveda doctors in negligence death

A criminal case was filled earlier this week against 4 Ayurvedic doctors in Pune, India.

The charges range from running the nursing home without a licence to causing the death of an expectant mother due to negligence.

Milind Salunkhe, consultant and lawyer for the PMC, said that the doctors’ four-bed nursing home at Pethkar Plaza, Balwantapuram on Paud road in Kothrud did not have the mandatory licence and was found to be negligent in not extending adequate medical care to an expectant mother.  S T Pardeshi, medical officer of health (MoH) of the Pune Municipal Corporation said:

“All the doctors are ayurveda practitioners. The nursing home they run extended antenatal care to a pregnant woman, who tested positive for hepatitis B in her eighth month of pregnancy. The nursing home shifted her to another hospital where she delivered a stillborn child. She died after her condition worsened,”

The charges

The four doctors have been charged under sections 3, 4, 6, 12 and 14 of the Bombay Nursing Home Act of 1949

* Section 3: It is necessary on the part of the doctor running and managing a hospital or a nursing home to have it registered with the local civic body

* Section 4: Stipulates the procedure for getting hospitals registered under the act

* Section 6: Stipulates punishment for violation of section 3 which is imprisonment for six months or Rs 10,000 fine

* Section 12: With respect to violations of other provisions the punishment prescribed is three months imprisonment and Rs 500 fine.

* Section 14: Empowers a judicial magistrate first class to try, entertain and decide on the criminal complaint under the act

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