Monday, November 12, 2007

Can The Doctor Be Trusted / Bolehkah Doktor Dipercayai?

Disturbing signs of consumer distruct of hospitals, doctors and modern medical care are becoming obvious with the growing numbers of medical negligence cases and lawsuit reported lately.
These are some of the cases highlighted in the press in Malaysia alone for example:
  • A 47 year old women filed a RM100 million suit against the Government, the Health Ministry and the Jitra Hospital after she was given HIV-contaminated blood during a blood transfusion. we also heard similar cases in other countries as well
  • A locum doctor employed at Klinik Wanita-Wanita (Womens Clinic) which held a hospital licence, performed a dilation and curettage ('D&C") procedure on a women. It resulted in a perforation of the uterus and severe injuries to her rectum and small intestines. The court awarded her over RM40,000 for damages.
  • A 41 year old womwn became a quadriplegic after an operation in the Assunta Hospital in Kuala Lumpur, which damaged her spinal cord. The victim, who is now confined to a wheelchair, said she became paralysed within about 24 hours after the operation following s road accident. In April 1999, the Kuala Lumpur High Court awarded her more than RM500,000 in damages.
  • In 1988, a schoolteacher nearly died from an allergic reaction to the drugs prescribed by a clinic in Seberang Jaya, Seberang Perai, Penang
  • In 1986, CAP (Consumer Association of Penang) highlighted the case of a women who suffered a mental breakdown after delivery in a private hospital. Two of her babies died. She was not warned she was expecting triplets by the gynaecologist.
  • A women was recently reported to have a surgical needle embedded in her vagina after an operation during childbirth in 1995.
  • In 1994, 2 women complained that sanitary pad were left inside their vagina after delivery.
The above cases are just the tip of the iceberg. According to CAP's estimates, medical errors could be the second top killer in the country. This raises the inevitable question: Can the Doctor be trusted?
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Tanda-tanda yang membimbangkan mengenai keyakinan pengguna yang semakin goyah terhadap hospital, doktor dan kaedah perubatan moden semakin jelas, berikutan peningkatan dalam bilangan kes-kes kecuaian perubatan dan saman yang dilaporkan sejak kebelakangan ini.
Imbasan pantas beberapa kes yang diketengahkan di dalam akhbar dan aduan yang dibuat kepada CAP (Persatuan Pengguba Pulau Pinang) dapat menggambarkan keadaan ini.
  • Seorang wanita berusia 47 tahun menfailkan saman sebanyak rm100 juta terhadap Kerajaan, Kementerian Kesihatan dan Hospital jitra selepas beliau diberikan darah yang dicemari HIV semasa pemindahan.
  • Seorang doktor lokum yang bekerja di Klinik Wanita-wanita, yang memegang lesen Hospital menjalankan prosedur D&C ke atas seorang wanita. Akibatnya wanita berkenaan mengalami kerosakan rahim serta kecederaan teruk pada bahagian dubur dan usus kecil. Mahkamah memberikannya rm40,000 sebagai pampasan.
  • seorang wanita berusia 41 tahun menjadi lumpuh selepas menjalani satu pembedahan di Hospital Assunta, KL yang merosakkan saraf tunjangnya. Menurut mangsa yang kini terpaksa menggunakan kerusi roda, beliau menjadi lumpuh dalam masa 24 jam selepas pembedahan akibat terbabit dalam kemalangan jalanraya. Mahkamah memberikannya rm500,000 sebagai pampasan.
  • Pada 1988, seorang guru sekolah hampir meninggal dunia akibat alah kepada ubat yang disyorkan oleh seorang doktor di sebuah klinik di Seberang Jaya, seberang Prai.
  • Pada 1986, seorang wanita mengalami gangguan mental selepas bersalin di sebuah hospital swasta. Dua daripada tiga bayi yang dikandungnya gagal diselamatkan. Pakar sakit puan tidak memberi amaran bahawa bwliau mengandung kembar tiga.
  • Seorang wanita dilaporkan menderita kesakitan akibat jarum pembedahan bersalin tertinggal di dalam farajnya selepas satu pembedahan bersalin pada 1995.
Kes-kes da atas cuma segelintir daripada ribuan kes kecuaian atau kesilapan perubatan , yang mengikut anggaran mungkin menjadi pembunuh kedua ternesar di Malaysia. Keadaan ini menimbulkan satu persoalan yang tidak dapat dielakkan - Bolehkah doktor percayai?


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