Attention doctors, court fines doctors for bad handwriting

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The Hush Post: A penalty of Rs 5,000 each has been imposed on three doctors in three separate legal cases. The reason being bad handwriting while writing medico-legal reports in criminal cases.

Three criminal cases had come up for hearing last week in the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court. The injury reports of the victims issued by hospitals in Sitapur, Unnao and Gonda were not readable because of poor handwriting of the doctors.

Considering it an obstruction in court work, a Division Bench comprising Justices Ajay Lamba and Sanjay Harkauli summoned the doctors. Dr P K Goel serving in the Sitapur district hospital, Dr T P Jaiswal working at Unnao hospital and Dr Ashish Saxena from Gonda hospital were reprimanded by the court.

It asked them to deposit Rs 5,000 each at the library of Oudh Bar Association within three weeks. In case the penalty is not deposited, the amount would be deducted from their salaries, the court said.

The Bench observed that it would be impossible for the court to summon doctors in each and every case for reading their handwriting. Taking the doctors to task, the judges said, “The directions of the court and the circular issued by the Director General, Medical and Health, UP, have been ignored with impunity.”

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