Blood scandal a stain on the medical profession

By Ainsley Scharenguivel, Sri Lanka Air Force (Retd)

The “blood scandal” involving apheresis kits at the National Blood Centre at Narahenpita is headline news, but so far little seems to have been done to resolve the crisis. This medical investigation should be classified as a “top priority”. Corrupt acts should be dealt with summarily, without reservation.
“Malpractice” and “negligence” are words used to refer to professional misconduct or lapses.

To prove medical negligence, three things have to be established: First, whether in a given medical situation there is a customary practice, and whether that practice is clearly described;

Second, whether it can be proved that the doctor involved had failed to follow this customary practice;
Third, whether the doctor concerned had done something a medical peer in his position would not have done, while proceeding with due care and diligence.

If wrong-doing is ascertained, then punitive action should follow in the greater interests of the medical profession. This is not a matter for “soft pedalling”.

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