A BIZARRE reality has come to light at one of the most popular hospitals in Mumbai, Platinum, where a doctor is learnt to be playing with the lives of patients by flouting procedure and misrepresenting facts about his professional qualification. A right to information (RTI) reply recently revealed that Dr Shailendra Tukaram Patil operates on patients by claiming a degree that he does not possess. When a patient told him that he would register a complaint against him, Patil is said to have replied that no one could touch him as he was the son-in-law of the then Maharashtra agriculture minister Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil.
A patient, Jarnal Singh Sandhu, obtained the information on the doctor through RTI and was shocked with the reply. Sandhu had asked if Dr Shailendra Patil was an MS degree holder as claimed by him. The Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC) replied (copy available with ABI) that the records showed Dr Shailendra Patil had not registered MS as his qualification. He had registered his D.Ortho and DNB (Ortho). The MMC also clarified that in accordance with the Indian Medical Council Professional Conduct, Etiquette and Ethics Regulations, 2002, chapter 7 of clause 7, 20, “a physician shall not claim to be specialist unless he has special qualification in the branch”.
As Dr Shailendra Patil was using ‘MS’ as a qualification against his name everywhere, Sandhu complained to several authorities concerned as well as police officials, but nothing happened.
Not only does Dr Patil claim to be an MS degree holder, he operates on patients at Platinum, Fortis and Sterling Wockhardt hospitals on his own, without the other medical professionals that are required to be present. When Sandhu found out all this, he said he would expose Dr Patil and complain against him, but Dr Patil said he was not worried as he was the son-in-law of the agriculture minister.
“Dr Shailendra Patil ne mujhse kaha ki tujhe jitni complaints karni hai kar, jahan jaana hai ja, mera koi kuchh nahin ukhaad sakta, kyonki main Maharashtra ke kisaan mantri ka damaad hun,” said Sandhu.
Dr Shailendra Patil’s claims (he is son-in-law of minister) actually came true. Sandhu obtained all the information on Dr Patil on December 30, 2013, and has been complaining regularly since then. So far, nothing has happened.
Operation gone wrong, twice
The 40-year-old Janral Singh Sandhu is a permanent employee in the Birla group company Century Rayon, Shahad, Kalyan, and a resident of Hare Krishna Apartment, C- block, Ulhasnagar-3. On January 10, 2012, Sandhu met with an accident while on duty in CSY department, resulting in injury to his right knee. Initially, he was treated at the Century Rayon hospital and later shifted to the ESIC hospital, Ulhasnagar. The ESIC hospital referred him to Platinum hospital in Mulund (West) for an operation.
On March 26, 2012, Dr Shailendra Patil checked Sandhu and advised him to go for an arthroscopic surgery. On April 2, 2012, Patil conducted the arthroscopic surgery and discharged Sandhu on April 5, 2012.
But the pain in Sandhu’s knee only worsened. After a suggestion from the ESIC hospital, he conducted an MRI and was shocked to learn from the report that the operation done by Dr Patil had not only been a failure but also flouted standard medical procedure. He learnt that in fact Dr Patil had not conducted the surgery on the basic problem of lateral collateral ligament, which resulted in extreme aggravation of pain for Sandhu.
Sadnhu met Patil with the MRI report. Patil was unable to give a proper answer and, giving some excuse, he suggested Sandhu go for another operation at Sterling Wockhardt hospital, Vashi, Navi Mumbai, where he was a consulting doctor. Patil also said that the facilities at Wockhardt were better than at Platinum. On September 22, 2012, Patil again operated on Sandhu and discharged him on September 27. Patil also signed a certificate saying Sandhu was fit for light work.
But this time too Sandhu was not able to get rid of the pain. On the suggestion of the ESIC hospital on January 3, 2013, Sandhu again got done an MRI scan. This time too it was a very shocking conclusion. The same operation done a second time had also been a complete failure.
Sandhu approached Dr Patil a number of times with his complaint of pain, but Dr Patil started blaming Sandhu himself, saying he had psychological problems. A shocked Sandhu filed an RTI application about Dr Patil’s degree. In his paperwork, Patil claims he is an MS degree holder, but in fact he is not. On March 6, 2013, Sandhu sent a legal notice to Patil and complained to the Mulund police station as well as to the medical authorities concerned.
“I complained to several authorities as well Mulund police station but nothing happened as Patil has top-level connections in the Maharashtra government,” said Sandhu.
When ABI contacted Dr Patil, he said: “I don’t care about any complaint. Sandhu is defaming me. I have a valid and proper degree. After verification of my degrees, hospitals like Fortis and Wockhardt appointed me. Sandhu has filed two RTIs, to which he has got replies. He can approach the court and even the consumer court, I don’t care.”
Ohhh, dr. B aisa karte hai, samja tha god k baad dr. Ko log god svarup mante hai
Nice Mr sandhu go to court and file criminal and case of negligence u/s 156 (3) CrPC
Kisiki badnami hote dekh maza to aata h but jo Dr. ne etne logoki jindagi me khushi bati ho unke bare me pehle such kya h dekho fir reply do…. Punjabi to hote hi bina dimag wale… Aap kahase ho…..
D ortho and DNB are specialists degrees. You can not claim that he is not a specialist. But if he is writing MS as his degree you can file case for cheating and mis representation
Aap ke kahani tau Kamal me ha Jo koi sach phi nahi sakat. Bahoot he aahee story ha. Keep on doing good work. Col Khanna
DNB is equivalent of MS as specialisation in all specialities including orthopaedics .So this article and patients claim does not hold true that the doctor does not hold valid degrees.
HE IS NO 1 RELATED TO HON.MINISTER,I REQUEST D PATIENT TO FILE A CASE…
it was shock to me when i read this story, this is completely wrong to blame dr. in this manner…i know dr. as he treated my known…i had seen his cards and papers..He has d.ortho and D.N.B. degree,which is registerd with MMC,,(maharashtra medical councial ) with registration no…AND MOST IMPORTANT PART IS AS MR.LAKHAN SAID THIS DEGREE IS EQUIVALENT TO MS DEGREE AS DIRECTED REPEATEDLY BY GOVT. OF INDIA…You can find govt. GR on http://www.natboard.org page……and if some one else has wriiten his degree as MS then its not his fault,,,and not a crime,,,, so it is wrong to publish… Read more »
Very good news
I m dr. ROHIT. ..i know dr. Patil. I had checked all his documents and visiting cards and consultation paper after reading this article…..IT WAS SHOCK THIS GUY HAS GIVEN WRONG INFORMATION TO PRESS..All his documents showing degree as DNB….he has not a single document stating he has MS degree…..Even i got a chance to know about his family background..he not related to any politician as names are not matching….I REQUEST ABI TO CHECK THE REALITY AGAIN AND RETHINK ABOUT THIS ARTICLE……In my view its simple and old trick to defame drs. Name by misleading media………plz stop spreading such wrong… Read more »
i m following ABI news since long time,,they really do a good job….BUT in this case i tried to get some information on my own as i m from paramedical field…..it took me one or two days to get details….mr.ABI,, here this mr.sandhu has given wrong information..this dr. is not using M.S. degree ,he is using DNB degree……I got some photo copies of his IPD PAPERS which clearly shows degree as DNB… So requesting you to cross check it again……
Blaming doctors for anything and everything that goes wrong after treatment is in fashion these days. DNB is an equivalent degree to MS and the doctor is fully qualified to conduct the surgery.
No one is taking action probably because there is no actionable cause to the case
I have totally disagree with the above mentioned comments. I am patient of Dr Shailendra Patil, he treated very well with his patients. Always available for patients with proper followup. I think so Doctor is God for us how you say wrong about them.
Omg… This was a shocking news…