AIIMS report on 8-year-old's sexual abuse not out yet

No word on the doctor's actions from the hospital

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Sonal Matharu | February 1, 2011



Eight days after an eight-year-old boy was sexually abused inside the premises of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) allegedly by a resident doctor, the hospital’s internal committee investigating the matter has not yet filed its report.

The AIIMS spokesperson Dr YK Gupta had assured journalists on Monday that the report by the committee will be submitted the next day but until late Tuesday evening, there was no word on the fate of the doctor or the proceedings of the investigation by the authorities. Dr Gupta said he is not sure by when the findings of the report will be made public. Dr. AC Ammini who is heading the committee for prevention of sexual harassment and handlind the case said she is not authorised to talk to the media.

However, speaking on the condition of anonymity, sources in the hospital said that the accused doctor has no past record of misbehavior or ill treatment neither with the nurses nor with the patients.

“When we first heard about the case, we were shocked,” said a staff at the neurosurgery department.

The victim, who was also a patient at the hospital, was in the ICU ward-B of the neurosurgery department on the first floor on January 23, when the incident happened. The doctors’ duty room is adjacent to the ICU. There are, at any given point, three to four nurses in the ICU ward. But sources said when the incident happened nobody saw the doctor move from the ICU to the doctors’ duty room with the victim. It is also not mandatory for a female nurse to be present during the examination of a male patient, an adult or a child.

A staff at the neurosurgery department said that it is very unusual for a doctor to take the patient inside doctors’ duty room for examination. Examination is done in the ward itself. The nurse who was on duty on the night of January 23 has been continuing with her work at the hospital and has not been affected with the proceedings and the investigation.

The Resident Doctors’ Association (RDA), which till Monday had maintained silence on the issue said that the accused doctor has changed his statement and omitted the part where he had said he “forgot to call the nurse on duty while examining the child”. They added that the hospital has suspended the doctor, whereas, no confirmation on it was given by the hospital.
 

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