New Delhi: The National Consumer
Commission has directed a hospital to pay Rs 17 lakh
compensation to a family of a patient who lost her life during
an operation due to medical negligence.
The commission, comprising members R C Jain and P D
Shenoy, also imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on the doctors of the
hospital whose deficiency in service and negligence led to the
death of Jasbir Kaur, mother of two children aged 13 and 7
years, in 1996 after she was operated twice for removal of
Kaur was admitted to Haryana-based Sun Flag Hospital
and Research Centre for removal of the stones but she died due
to wrong handling of the case by the doctors.
Strongly annoyed over the manner Kaur was treated by
the doctors, the commission noted that she was operated twice
despite her body was not ready for another operation which
ultimately worsened her condition.
It also reprimanded the doctors for not taking consent
from the patient before operating her for the second time.
"It is crystal clear that the patient was conscious
and in a fit stage to give consent or otherwise but the
treating doctors have not taken that," it added.