17 doctors suspended for 'dereliction of duty' leading to Akram's wife's death

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Islamabad, Dec. 11 (ANI): The Pakistan Health Ministry has suspended 17 doctors and cancelled their general practice licenses on charges of dereliction of duty leading to former speedster Wasim Akram's wife, Huma Akram's death.

"The licences of 17 doctors have been cancelled over negligence in the treatment of Huma Wasim," The Daily Times quoted a statement issued by the ministry here.

The decision was taken after a meeting of the National Assembly's Standing Committee on Health.

Wasim broke down during the meeting, saying he was hurt by the way the medical professionals carry out their duties in some hospitals of the country, due to which he has lost his wife.

"My wife died because she was not provided proper medical care and as a result, her kidneys failed and she suffered heart complications," Wasim said.

He urged concerned authorities to take strict action against those private hospitals, which are involved in malicious activities.

Talking to reporters later , Wasim said he would continue his efforts to bring about improvements in the medical facilities in the country.

"I do not want revenge. I want to prevent such tragic deaths," said the former fast bowler.

"I will carry out a campaign against those doctors and staff who don't do justice with their profession. It is scary to think that how many other people would have been affected by the negligence of these people," an upset Wasim said.

It may be noted that a three member enquiry committee formed following the tragic death of Huma in Chennai in October , in its report, had concluded that doctors in Lahore were unable to diagnose Huma's problem due to which her condition deteriorated.

The report has also blamed the doctors of keeping Wasim in the dark regarding the health of his wife to extract more money from him.

Huma was initially admitted at the National Hospital where doctors failed to diagnose her ailment and her condition deteriorated further. She was then referred to Singapore, but developed complications in an air ambulance following which she was admitted to Chennai's Apollo hospital, where she died later. (ANI)

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