NEW DELHI — Some private diagnostic centres here have been accused of refusing to do an MRI scan on a Muslim patient who was taken there with a gunshot injury — by arguing that these facilities do not accept patients with medico-legal history.
Mohammad Sameer, 15, was injured in firing during the anti-Muslim mob violence in the last week of February in a north- eastern locality here. Over 50 people were killed in the violence triggered by a provocative speech from BJP leader Kapil Mishra. Hundreds of families were left homeless after right-wing mobs swept through various residential areas and tortured Muslims’ houses, shops, cars and even mosques.
Sameer was initially admitted to Guru Tej Bahadur Hospital but due to lack of an MRI scanner there, the doctors referred the injured to another facility. On Friday, the family took him to the House of Diagnostics (HOD), a private health facility in Karkardooma area.
“The patient was ushered inside for the scan but the staff there did not conduct the test. The receptionist told us that they won’t do the test because it was an MLC. The doctor also wrote the same in the medical report card of GTB,” a report in the New Indian Express quoted Shahbaz, a Jamia Hamdard medical student who was assisting the injured, as saying. He told the newspaper that Sameer was then taken to two more diagnostic centres, but they too refused to conduct the scan.
The prescription papers of the injured read: “We don’t Take MLC Cases.” This confirms that the clinic refused to conduct the scan of the injured.
HOD seems to have gone against its mission, which according to the official website, is: “To tender excellent diagnostic and prognostic services to patients with a conducive environment, passionate staff and ethical serving.”
As there is no MRI machine at our GTB Hospital, our Neurosurgery department referred the patient (riot victim) for MRI but HoD Karkardooma refused saying its a medicolegal case. Here is the proof. How can they refuse patient & write illegal things in writing? @ShaleenMitra pic.twitter.com/QQclhngVdi
— Satendra Singh, MD (@drsitu) March 6, 2020
Dr Satendra Singh, a disability rights defender, termed the conduct of the doctors at HOD to refuse services to a patient as illegal. “How can they refuse patient & write illegal things in writing?” Dr Singh asked in a tweet.