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Govt yet to crack whip against forensic doc

Govt yet to crack whip against forensic doc

11 Aug 2017 No comment 24 hits

Panaji: The government is yet to take action against a doctor from the forensic department of Goa Medical College (GMC) and Hospital, Bambolim, who was accused of issuing a death certificate without conducting a post-mortem. Following an inquiry, a government-appointed three-member committee held the doctor prima facie guilty and recommended that he should be penalized for his unethical conduct.

"The inquiry committee even suggested that the doctor's registration be cancelled, because there was evidence that he issued the death certificate without authority," an official from the state secretariat said. The official also said that "the report was submitted to the government last month, but till date no action has been taken against the doctor".

The government had appointed a committee after the family of the deceased raised a hue and cry and wrote a letter to chief Manohar Parrikar, who is also the home minister, demanding an inquiry.

On May 1, Utpal Verekar, 32, a resident of Marcel, was found dead in his car. His body was preserved at GMC's morgue and handed over to his family the next day.

On May 29, the Verekar's family wrote to Parrikar complaining that the forensic doctor had issued a death certificate without conducting a post-mortem despite there being injury marks on the body.

The family also said that Ponda PI Sudesh Naik, despite being intimated, had not registered their complaint.

Sources said that, earlier too, allegations of random issuance of death certificates have been levelled against the forensic doctor.

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