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Journal of the Academy of Hospital Administration

Letter to the Editor

Author(s): Dr. Sanjeev Lalwani

Vol. 16, No. 1 (2004-01 - 2004-06)

To:
Dr. Shakti Gupta

Addl. Professor
Dept. of Hospital Administration, AIIMS
Editor, Journal Academy of Hospital Administration

Respected Sir,
Reference to article Autopsy Format under heading of published in JAHA Vol. 15 No. 2, 2003, Page No. 53-55.

As desired by Professor T.D. Dogra it is requested that an addendum in respect of aforesaid article may please by published.

With regards,

Sincerely yours
Dr. Sanjeev Lalwani

Corrigendum

An article-Autopsy Format under the section medical documentation was published in JAHA Vol.15No.2 July-December 2003 Page Number 53-55. In this article certain observation have been made by Prof. T.D. Dogra, Professor and Head, Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, AIIMS New Delhi. The details of the same are reproduced as under.

Printed version is:

In May 1997, Chairman of National Human Rights Commission Shri M.N. Venkatchalaiah wrote to Lieutenant Governor of Delhi that the autopsy report forms used in various States are not comprehensive and therefore do not serve the purpose and also give scope for doubt and manipulation. To plug the loopholes and to make it incisive and purposeful, the Commission after ascertaining the views of States and discussion with the experts in the field and taking into consideration, the UN model autopsy protocol, has prepared a model autopsy form enclosed as annexure-I. This format has been widely accepted and currently followed at AIIMS.

Corrected version is:

In May 1997, Chairman of National Human Rights Commission Shri M.N. Venkatchalaiah wrote to Lieutenant Governor of Delhi that the autopsy report forms used in various States are not comprehensive and therefore do not serve the purpose and also give scope for doubt and manipulation. To plug the loopholes and to make it incisive and purposeful, the Commission after ascertaining the views of States and discussion with the experts in the field and taking into consideration, the UN model autopsy protocol, has prepared a model autopsy form. This was in relation to postmortem examination in case of death alleged to be due to custodial torture.

However, the format currently followed at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, is in accordance to the format approved by the standing committee on Forensic Medicine constituted under the Home Ministry of India in 1973 and report of subcommittee submitted to Bureau of Police Research and Development, Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India in 1975. This format has been used since then and also used in cases of death due to alleged custodial torture without any misinterpretation.

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