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Son speaks out on behalf of Indian doctors charged over death of patient

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: (Published 10 January 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j171
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. London

The son of two doctors arrested in India after the death of a patient has condemned increasing violence against healthcare staff.

Kusum Tamhane, a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist, and her husband Uttam Tamhane, a consultant general surgeon, alongside another doctor, Sanjay Ladkat, and a nurse, Manisha Mandlik, who work in Pune, India, were arrested on 4 January, five months after the death of a female patient from anaphylaxis.

The patient, whose usual doctor was not available, presented with stomach ache to Sanjeevani Hospital, owned by the Tamhanes, on 4 August last year. After …

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