MRI fiasco: IRIA demands a fair and impartial inquiry

Mumbai police arrested Dr Siddhant Shah, who was on duty and in charge of the radiology department at BYL Nair Hospital as Rajesh Maru, 32, was yanked towards the MRI machine by its magnetic force after he entered the room carrying an oxygen cylinder, inhaled the gas that leaked out of the container, and died in BYL Nair Hospital on January 27. Meanwhile, Indian Radiological and Imaging Association (IRIA), had alleged that Dr Shah was arrested without any proof

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The Indian Radiological and Imaging Association (IRIA) has written  a letter to Deepak Sawant, the State Health Minister, Ajoy Mehta, municipal commissioner, Director of Medical Education and Research Maharashtra State Government, Mumbai. The Dean T. N. Medical College and BYL Nair Hospital, Mumbai, the Mumbai Police Commissioner and so on.

IRIA’s demands:

  • A fair and impartial inquiry be conducted incorporating, amongst others, the points that have been raised by us.
  • All the people responsible for the system failure be brought to book and held responsible for this accident.
  • As there is no evidence of Dereliction of Duty by the Resident Doctors, the Charges on them under IPC Section 402 A be withdrawn immediately.
  • The resident doctors, instead, be appropriately commended and awarded for doing a job against all odds.
  • A proper mechanism and system be evolved to prevent occurrence of such accidents in future.
  • A proper guideline be issued to the effect that due caution be taken by authorities before charging doctors for negligence and dereliction of duty.
  • A committee of experts be constituted to advise and formulate policies to improve working conditions of the doctors. These policies should be immediately implemented. The association is ready to extend its support and offers its help in this matter.

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Dr Jignesh Thakker, past president Indian Radiological and Imaging Association (IRIA) said, “The area where the MRI machine is installed has magnetic a force and the machine is always on. So, accidents can occur if people carry metal objects can get injured. Therefore, there should be security there 24/7.”

He added, “The resident doctor has to do the work of a helper, nurse and technician. While taking the patient for an MRI there is no nurse available. Owing to which, the accidents occur in the highly sensitive areas. This requires planning and administrative supervision. Without paying attention to this, it is wrong to blame the doctors.”