NRI, Dr Jaideep Bali blamed for negligence leading to
of woman in Australia.
Melbourne, August 21, 2006
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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