Since Hannurabi times 1750BC, medical profession or health care has been regulated. For thousands of years, attempts have been made, laws enacted to regulate or control medical treatments or doctors. It has never been perfect. In today’s time, where medico-legal issues have become as important as much as treatment, it is strange to find such practices, where transplant was done without valid license. More importantly, it was done in a well known hospital in Delhi and not in unknown location.
Going by the news item, Jaipur Golden Hospital New Delhi conducted renal transplant without having a valid license for the same in 2006. It could have gone unnoticed, in case everything had gone well. But in today’s scenario, no one accepts even small and routine complications. So doing a procedure like transplant without license is asking for trouble.
Medical fraternity is clear that there are no treatments without complications. Even simple procedures can get complicated. Therefore, doing anything which is legally not correct, can be a blunder. Consequences of even little mistakes can be disastrous in current environment, which is not very supportive to doctors. Temptation for doing procedures without being legally correct can be many, like holding a license previously, or just to maintain a continuity of performing a special surgery. Money generated may or may not be a great incentive in such circumstances . Reason can be as simple as to continue doing procedure while license is awaited and take temporary invalidity of licensing requirements lightly.
Legalities should be taken in correct perspective always. Doctors can save themselves by just following well laid protocols and legal requirements. This is not right for doctors doing procedures against the law or without legal permissions. Because no one, including patient will not support the doctor in adverse circumstances.
Doctors can save themselves by doing procedures, which are clinically and legally correct.