AIIMS doctor guilty of professional misconduct

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

NEW DELHI - The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has found suspended doctor Shrijoy P. Joshua guilty of professional misconduct but has remained silent on the charges of sexual abuse of a minor boy against him, police said Tuesday, adding that they have started investigations in the case.

We are investigating into the case and looking into minute details. Two days ago (Saturday), we received the final report prepared by the panel set up by AIIMS to investigate into the matter, a police officer said.

He said that there were no criminal charges against the doctor in the report. The panel has accused the doctor of professional negligence on the basis of circumstantial evidences. We are going through the report. Till now, we have not detained the accused, added the officer.

AIIMS, in its report, mentioned three points on which the accused has been found guilty of professional misconduct. Firstly, the doctor took the eight year-old boy to the doctor’s room to pass urine. Secondly, he did not respond when the sister on duty knocked on the door to doctor’s room. And lastly, he did not take assistance of any nursing staff for examination of the patient, a police officer said.

The union health and family welfare ministry terminated the practising licence of the doctor Feb 2.

“Based on circumstantial evidence and basic investigation, the doctor has been found guilty. His Master of Chirurgical (degree) registration has been cancelled and his practising licence has been terminated,” a member of the institute’s Resident Doctors’ Association (RDA) had said.

Police Jan 31 registered a case against junior resident doctor Shrijoy P. Joshua for allegedly sexually abusing a minor patient. The victim, a resident of northeast Delhi, was admitted to the neurosurgery ward for a brain tumour operation Jan 18.

He underwent surgery Jan 20 and was scheduled to be discharged four days later. But Jan 24, the boy’s father submitted a complaint that his son had been sexually abused by the doctor Jan 23.

The complaint said the doctor took the child to the doctors’ duty room and sexually abused him.

Upon receiving the formal complaint, AIIMS constituted a three-member committee to look into the allegation.

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