Dr. Kathuria Accused of Fraudulently Declaring Severe Injury; Faces Legal Action

Dr. Jasvir Kathuria, the physician in controversy, is accused of violating accepted practices and possibly compromising patient safety

According to Dr. Aulakh, the patient, Daljit Singh, sought medical care from Dr. Kathuria at K Deep Hospital following an alleged assault. (Representational image: Unsplash)
According to Dr. Aulakh, the patient, Daljit Singh, sought medical care from Dr. Kathuria at K Deep Hospital following an alleged assault. (Representational image: Unsplash)

Civil surgeon Dr. Jasbir Singh Aulakh has demanded legal action against a physician who is suspected of falsely classifying a patient's injuries as severe in order to take strong action against the alleged misconduct. Dr. Jasvir Kathuria, the physician in controversy, is accused of violating accepted practices and possibly compromising patient safety.

It is pertinent to mention that there was neither an MLR number nor any signature of the patient was taken. Dr. Kathuria did not mention the timing of injuries and the kind of weapon used. He did not follow the medico-legal guidelines while preparing the injury report of the patient.
Dr. Jasbir Singh Aulakh, Civil Surgeon

A five-member medical board was formed to look into the topic after a complaint was submitted to the Office of the Civil Surgeon. The inquiry originated from an incident leading to an FIR filed on April 11.

Dr. Kathuria's report detailed injuries, including deep cuts on the forehead and parietal regions, allegedly inflicted with a sharp-edged weapon. (Representational image: Pixabay)
Dr. Kathuria's report detailed injuries, including deep cuts on the forehead and parietal regions, allegedly inflicted with a sharp-edged weapon. (Representational image: Pixabay)

According to Dr. Aulakh, the patient, Daljit Singh, sought medical care from Dr. Kathuria at K Deep Hospital following an alleged assault. Dr. Kathuria's report detailed injuries, including deep cuts on the forehead and parietal regions, allegedly inflicted with a sharp-edged weapon. These injuries were classified as serious, with supporting evidence provided in the form of a CT scan image and report.

However, upon scrutiny, it was discovered that the medical report lacked essential details mandated by medico-legal guidelines. Notably, there was no Medicolegal Report (MLR) number assigned, and no signature from the patient was obtained. Crucially, Dr. Kathuria failed to specify the timing of the injuries or the type of weapon involved, further deviating from protocol.

During the inquiry, Dr. Kathuria admitted to not preparing the MLR as required, instead submitting only a complaint (Ruka) to the authorities. He defended his actions by citing his training, claiming that any injury to a vital part was considered severe during his internship.

During his internship, he was taught that any injury which is on a vital part is grievous in nature
Statement attributed to Dr Jasvir Kathuria

The problem was made worse by the fact that ASI Umesh Kumar, the investigating officer from the Sarabha Nagar police station, was unable to provide any documentation attesting to the extent of Daljit Singh's injuries. This lack of supporting data calls into question Dr. Kathuria's initial assessment.

Dr. Aulakh has responded to these facts with maximum determination. In addition to recommending that Dr. Kathuria's name be permanently removed from the medical registry, he has pushed the Punjab Medical Council (PMC) to file legal action against the physician.

(Input from various media sources)

(Rehash/Susmita Bhandary/MSM)


According to Dr. Aulakh, the patient, Daljit Singh, sought medical care from Dr. Kathuria at K Deep Hospital following an alleged assault. (Representational image: Unsplash)
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