IPOH: A negligence suit brought by a former maintenance technician against four Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital doctors will be re-mentioned at the Sessions Court on Sept 18.
Judge Khairul Anuar Ahmad Halim fixed the new date after counsel for the plaintiff, A. Sivanesan, informed the court that he could not serve a summons on one of the defendants.
"The summons for Dr Ashok Kanan was returned with a note that he had moved out. We will have to contact the Health Ministry on his whereabouts," he said.
Besides Dr Ashok, the other defendants are Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital director Dr Raja Lope Ahmad Raja Ariffin, Perak state Health Department director Datuk Dr Ahmad Razin Ahmad Mahir, Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, Dr Loo Wei Keong, Dr Lee Chee Hoong, Dr Cha Ai Chen and the government.
All of them were represented by senior federal counsel Ahmad Hanir Hambali.
The plaintiff N. Thevagar, 32, filed the suit on June 22 claiming that the doctors had not informed him of the risks involved after a surgery he underwent for stomach pain, including telling him about the consumption of food after the surgery.
Thevagar had sought treatment for stomach pain on Nov 28, 2010, and was operated on the following day. He was discharged on Dec 2, 2010.
He said when he was discharged, a nurse had told him that he need not go back for follow-up treatment at the hospital, but instead could go to the nearest clinic if he wanted to remove the stitches or felt any pain.
On Dec 12, he suffered severe pain and a discharge of liquid and was rushed to a private hospital where he was operated on again the same day.
On Jan 1 last year, he sent an official complaint to the hospital and subsequently an enquiry panel was set up to conduct an investigation.
The panel concluded that food should not have been given to the patient after surgery.
Thevagar suffered for 10 months, having to carry a "colostomy bag" around to collect faeces.
"I am unable to work due to this condition," he said when met at the court here yesterday.
Thevagar is seeking compensation for loss of income, medical treatment, medicine, vitamins and travelling costs from home to the hospital and back.