'Though we have many renowned physicians and a rich healthcare system in the country, many people go abroad for treatment due to medical malpractice'
The High Court on Monday said doctors calling a strike at hospitals, clinics and diagnostic centres to justify their mistakes are unethical.
"To err is human. Doctors are not gods. Committing mistakes is not unethical, but calling a strike to justify mistakes is unethical," the court said.
The division bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader made the observations while hearing a rule.
Mentioning that people go to three types of professionals - police, lawyers and doctors - when they are in any danger, the court said people will suffer if professionalism is ruined by some miscreants.
Raifa Khan, 3, daughter of Daily Samakal Staff Reporter Rubel Khan, died due to wrong treatment at Max Hospital in Chittagong on June 29.
On July 7, two physicians of the hospital were dismissed as two probe committees found their negligence in the treatment of the minor girl.
Doctors at private hospitals and clinics went on an indefinite strike on Sunday, protesting the drive at different private clinics and hospitals by RAB following Raifa's death.
However, they called off their strike on Monday.
"Though we have many renowned physicians and a rich healthcare system in the country, many people go abroad for treatment due to medical malpractice and in the process, a large amount of foreign currency is spent," the bench said.
The court made the observation while hearing a rule issued over the incident where 20 people lost their eyesight following surgeries at a healthcare centre in Chuadanga on March 5.
The bench asked the director general of the Directorate General of Health Services to submit a report before it by July 16, specifying the reasons for which the 20 people lost their eyesight.
The victims lost their vision after surgeries at the Impact Masudul Haque Memorial Community Health Centre (IMHMCHC) in Chuadanga on March 5, according to a report published on Bangla daily Samakal on March 29.
Following a writ petition filed by Supreme Court lawyer Amit Das Gupta, the court on April 1 issued the rule asking the director and a physician of IMHMCHC in Chuadanga to explain why they should not be directed to give Tk20 crore in compensation to the people who lost their eyesight.