Hospital asked to pay Rs 17 lakh for medical negligence
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Last Updated: Monday, August 24, 2009, 21:07
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 kidney stones.

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.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, August 24, 2009, 21:07

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