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Tamil Nadu footballer's death: Doctor's body threaten stir over negligence case against medicos

Source: , Posted On:   19 November 2022


The Tamil Nadu government doctors association has threatened to protest if a criminal negligence case against doctors over the death of a female footballer is not withdrawn.

Priya (17) allegedly died due to medical negligence while undergoing a surgery at a government hospital in Chennai.

By Akshaya Nath: The Tamil Nadu government doctors association has threatened to stage a statewide protest if the criminal negligence case against doctors suspended for a female footballer's death is not withdrawn. Two doctors were suspended after 17-year-old Priya died at the Rajiv Gandhi Government Hospital in Chennai after an alleged botched surgery.

Earlier, Madras High Court adjourned the hearing of a bail plea filed by the two doctors, who have been suspended for medical negligence over Priya's death. An FIR was registered against the doctors under Section 174 (unnatural death) of the IPC, which was later changed to Sector 304A (causing death by negligence).


A day later, the doctors association issued a statement in this regard and said that as per the Supreme Court norms, Section 304A can be invoked only after an expert submits a report stating criminal negligence. However, the expert report submitted before the court states civil negligence and the association demanded that Section 304A be lifted.

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The statement also said the decision of the Madras High Court to deny anticipatory bail to the doctors suspended for medical negligence has instilled fear among the doctor fraternity across India. It reiterated that action should be taken against the doctors only for civil negligence.

The association also urged media houses not to publish photos of the doctors. The association stated if the doctors are arrested, it will hold a statewide protest and urged the nurses' association and members of the Indian Medical Association to join the protest.

The association expressed condolences to Priya's family and apologised for the carelessness that allegedly led to the death of the young woman. They also thanked Chief Minister Stalin for taking swift action and supporting the family.

CM Stalin met Priya's family and handed over a compensation of Rs 10 lakh, a job offer, and also issued an order allocating a house for Priya's family.

Priya died at Chennai's Rajiv Gandhi government hospital on November 15. She had her leg amputated by doctors at the Rajiv Gandhi hospital after an alleged botched surgery at the Periyar Nagar Government Peripheral Hospital.