Staff Reporter

Kochi: Arvind Kumar, former national secretary of the Association of Surgeons of India (ASI), on Saturday asked surgeons to restrain from making unnecessary remarks so as to obviate the medico-legal problem of surgeons being sued by the public for negligence.

“Loose talk is a prominent issue. If you can put your home in order, then people would not point a finger at you or your colleague. The first and foremost thing for a surgeon was to take a commitment, a pledge, that he/she would refrain from commenting intentionally or otherwise against a colleague who had seen the patient in front of him/her earlier,” he said after inaugurating KASICON 2010, the 33 {+r} {+d} annual conference of ASI Kerala chapter here.

Legislation

Citing that States like Maharashtra had passed legislation to curb violence against medical personnel, he asked the ASI Kerala chapter to press for something similar in the State.

“This will definitely make our life easier,” he said.

K. Balagopal, chairman of ASI Kerala, who chaired the function, earlier said that any loose talk on the part of doctors would lead to ‘unpleasant' occurrences which had been on the rise in the State in the recent past.

P.G.R. PIllai, Medical Director of Cooperative Medical College, Kalamassery, delivered the keynote address.

Joy Joseph, IMA Cochin president; Santhosh John Abraham and Thomas Varghese, ASI governing council members; P.G. Mohan Das, secretary of ASI Kerala; spoke on the occasion.

B. Kanakambaran, organising chairman, welcomed the gathering. R. Padmakumar, organising secretary, proposed a vote of thanks.

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