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Allahabad High Court Imposes Penalty of Rs 5000 on Doctors for Bad Handwriting

Team SoOLEGAL 4 Oct 2018 4:00pm

Allahabad High Court Imposes Penalty of Rs 5000 on Doctors for Bad Handwriting

Bad handwriting of doctors is not surprising, but a UP court has taken it on record now.

A Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court, consisting of Justices Ajai Lamba and Sanjay Harkauli, has imposed a fine of Rs 5000 each on three doctors for their illegible writing.

While hearing of three criminal cases last week, the bench found the injury report of the victims issued by hospitals from Sitapur, Unnao and Gonda districts “unreadable” and an obstruction in the court work, because of the poor handwriting of the doctors who had issued those reports.

The bench then summoned the three doctors – Dr TP Jaiswal of Unnao, Dr PK Goel of Sitapur and Dr Ashish Saxena of Gonda.

On their appearance before the court, the doctors pleaded they weren’t able to write legible prescriptions as they were overburdened.

The HC bench, then reminded the doctors of a circular issued by Director General Medical & Health Uttar Pradesh, in November 2012, which stipulated doctors to prepare medico-legal reports in readable form.

Following this, the bench admonished the doctors and ordered them to deposit Rs 5,000 penalty in the court’s library.

The bench further directed the principal secretary (home), principal secretary (medical & health department) and director general (medical & health) to make sure that the medico-legal reports and post-mortem reports in the future are prepared in “easy language and readable handwriting”.

The court even suggested that such reports must be computer-typed.

 

Tagged: Bad handwriting   Doctors Handwriting   Medico Legal Reports   UP Court   Allahabad High Court   Lucknow Bench   Criminal Cases   Sitapur   Unnao   Gonda   Justice Ajai Lamba   Justice Sanjay Harkauli  
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