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POISON ACTS & POISONING RELATED LAWS FOR MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS–A REVIEW ARTICLE

Dr. Sameeroddin Gayasoddin Shaikh*, Dr. Qutbuddin Shaikh Bhaiyya, Dr. Sharique Zohaib, Dr. Amjad Kha Saleem Kha Pathan and Dr. Salim Yunus Khan

ABSTRACT

The doctor attending the patient of poisoning has to fulfill his duties, first as medical professional then as a medico legal professional. While treating the patient of suspected poisoning, the role of doctor is not only to treat the patient but also to handle the legal formalities. In such cases, it is must to keep documentation record accurate and clear. In government hospitals, doctors have to inform all the cases of suspected poisoning to nearest police officer or magistrate while in private hospitals, doctors are bound to inform homicidal cases only. If case of suspected poisoning proves fatal, medical practitioner should never grant a death certificate but must communicate the facts of death to the nearest police officer for necessary investigations. The doctors are required to treat and manage the poisoning cases coming in the emergency. It forms a significant part of the emergency cases. The doctors may perform the medical part of the management but neglect the legal duties due to ignorance or lake of time in emergency. In this article we have tried to put forward the medical as well as legal aspect of management in poisoning case which will help the doctor to do justice to the medico-legal management of poisoning case. This article highlights the legal aspects in poisoning cases which will help the doctor to do justice to the legal management of poisoning cases.

Keywords: Poison and Poisoning Law, Medico legal duties, Suspected poisoning, Medical Practitioner, IPC.


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