Dr Garuna Murthee Kavitha, 32, has been fined S$.2000 for injecting a chemotherapy drug into a patient’s spinal canal rather than in a vein in July 2012, a mistake that could have caused the patient severe neurological damage.
In deciding the sentence the Singapore Medical Council (SMC) took into consideration the fact that Kavitha noticed the error immediately and she did not avoid responsibility but immediately called the senior doctor-in-charge.
Additionally the ward at the Singapore General Hospital where she worked at the time gave her the wrong medicine which she did not check. The doctor-in-charge had ordered two chemo drugs to be administered to the man who was admitted for a cancer relapse.
The SMC’s tribunal found Kavitha guilty of one charge of professional misconduct in April.