Jaipur: Rs 50 lakh fine on hospital for negligence
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Last Updated: Monday, July 18, 2011, 22:56
Jaipur: In a major judgement, the Rajasthan consumer forum has slapped a fine of Rs 50 lakh on a city private hospital for negligent treatment of a patient nearly 14 years ago.

A full bench of the forum reversed the previous order of the district forum holding that medical negligence should not be dealt casually by courts and doctors guilty of such negligence need to be severely punished.

The ruling came in a case that involved a 13-year-old boy who lost his right hand during treatment resulting in gangrene. The teenager was admitted to the hospital in 1997 after he had fractured his hand.

Earlier, the district forum had rejected a claim for compensation as it did not find any fault of the hospital and doctors in the case.

"Medical profession is termed as a noble profession and doctors are treated as god... They are bound by the oath of service to do the best of their ability for the poor and needy," Justice Ashok Parihar wrote in the judgement.

"In the present case, we find that there had been lapses on the part of the doctors concerned and the present case is a clear case of deficiency in service," the judge remarked.


First Published: Monday, July 18, 2011, 22:56

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