Legal notice given to LGH principal
LAHORE: The family of a patient, who underwent orthopaedic surgery at Lahore General Hospital (LGH) on Thursday, has got a legal notice served to the hospital principal for failing to take action against a surgeonís misconduct.
The family complained that the operation of Muhammad Iqbal (20), who was injured in a road accident, was delayed and the orthopaedic surgeon had charged them more than the price he had originally demanded.
They said that Dr Mahboob had taken Iqbalís X-rays and had found six fractures. They said that he had asked for Rs 60,000 (Rs 10,000 per fracture). They claimed that the doctor had waived the fee for two fractures and had agreed to charge them Rs 40,000. They said that after the operation the surgeon had claimed that Iqbal had 11 fractures and billed them Rs 80,000. They said that the hospital had demanded another Rs 80,000 in other expenses.
The legal notice says that it was the principalís duty to initiate an inquiry into the matter, appoint an inquiry officer, fix a reasonable fee for the surgery and refer the case to the Punjab health secretary.