Doc posts pa­tient’s pic on so­cial me­dia

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY -

Mum­bai: After an activist com­plained against a south Mum­bai-based plas­tic sur­geon who posted a pa­tient’s pic­ture on his Face­book ac­count, the Ma­ha­rash­tra Med­i­cal Coun­cil (MMC) has asked the doc­tor to pro­vide an ex­pla­na­tion.

In its no­tice dated May 7, the MMC has for­warded the activist’s com­plaint and asked him to give a de­tailed re­ply. MMC of­fi­cials, how­ever, made it clear that seek­ing an ex­pla­na­tion is merely the first step. “MMC seeks ex­pla­na­tion from doc­tors about ev­ery com­plaint it re­ceives, but any fur­ther ac­tion, if at all, will be based on our ethics com­mit­tee’s re­view of the case,” said MMC’s Dr Jayesh Lele.

The com­plaint was filed by RTI activist Chetan Kothari, who said he came across the post while look­ing for a plas­tic sur­geon. “I was shocked to see this doc­tor pos­ing with an­other per­son who he claimed was his pa­tient,” he said. The pa­tient’s per­mis­sion should have been sought and/or his eyes and face could have been blurred. “It should be put up on the hospi­tal’s web­site, and that too after tak­ing the pa­tient’s due con­sent,” Kothari added.

When con­tacted, the doc­tor said he had posted the pic­ture be­cause the pa­tient, a di­a­betic, had got cured de­spite sus­tain­ing 60% burns. He said pa­tients with over 40% burns rarely man­age well. “I put up the pic­ture as a means to cre­ate aware­ness about burns treat­ment. I did so after seek­ing the pa­tient’s per­mis­sion,” added the doc­tor.

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