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NRI, Dr Jaideep Bali blamed for negligence leading to the death
of woman in Australia.

Melbourne, August 21, 2006
Ramesh Verma

Dr Jaideep Bali, one of several overseas doctors practicing at the Lowood Medical Centre, graduated from Punjab University in India in 1989 and was registered to practice “to fill an area of need in solo general practice at Lowood Medical Centre and Fernvale Medical Centre with supervision by Dr Paul Crowley”, according to the state government’s Medical Practioners Register. A woman died when Dr Bali failed to properly examine her and administered a potentially fatal injection of morphine, the Ipswich Coroners Court heard. Lillian Margaret Shaw died at her home on January 13, 2005, despite three visits from Dr Jaideep Bali in the hours preceding her death.

An inquest into her death, the results of which were delivered in Ipswich on August 11, said Dr Bali graduated from a “non-accredited institution”. The severely obese woman, who suffered from gastroesophageal reflux disease among other medical problems, complained she felt unwell on January 11 and was vomiting when Dr Bali was first called to the home on January 12. He administered an injection to control the vomiting, but attended Mrs Shaw the next morning because the vomiting continued and she was suffering abdominal pain. Dr Bali injected Maxalon to control the vomiting and Pethedine to alleviate the pain. When her condition did not improve, Dr Bali attended the home a third time at 4.30pm on January 13, injecting her with Maxalon and morphine. Mrs Shaw’s husband found her dead that evening just after 7pm. An autopsy revealed Mrs Shaw had been suffering a perforated stomach ulcer and had been subjected to a “potentially fatal” dose of morphine. After at first refusing to give evidence, Dr Bali relented, provided his evidence could not be used against him in any subsequent legal proceedings. Coroner Matthew MacLaughlin found that “the cause of death was a perforated gastric ulcer, however morphine toxicity also made a significant contribution to death”. In his comments on the findings Mr MacLaughlin said doctors registered under Section 135 of the Medical Practitioners Registration Act 2001 “need to be adequately supervised given their qualifications are from non-accredited institutions”.


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