NCDRC orders Delhi hospital, doctors to pay Rs 64 lakh for medical negligence
The apex consumer forum has ordered Delhi-based private hospital Maharaja Agrasen Hospital and three of its doctors to pay Rs 64 lakh to a woman for medical negligence that is deficiency in giving requisite treatment to her premature baby resulting in the infant becoming blind for life. Screening of the eyes is the practice in the case of premature babies.
According to the complaint of the child’s mother, Pooja Sharma, the baby was in the hospital for nearly five weeks, but during this period the doctors did not carry out the screening and as a result no one noticed that the infant’s retina was displaced. It was much later, after she noticed the baby’s abnormal visual response, that an eye check-up was done and it showed total retinal detachment. The hospital and its doctors had contended that the screening was carried out and it had not revealed any problems. However, after perusal of the medical records, the court said, “We are not convinced whether the retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) screening was done. The progress sheet is devoid of details about ROP examination – viz. who performed it, the method, instruments used and drugs (midrates/ tropicamide)/anaesthesia used during ROP testing.”
Hospital told to pay Rs 47 lakh for medical negligence that took cop’s life
NCDRC has ordered a Hyderabad hospital to pay Rs 47 lakh in compensation to the family of a policeman who died due to faulty administration of anesthesia. The order came in appeals filed by both Yashoda Hospital and D Uma Devi, wife of the deceased, before a bench of Justice JM Malik and commission member Dr SM Kantikar.
Sadasiva Reddy was hospitalised in May 2008 for jaundice and went into coma after he suffered a cardiac arrest in an aborted endoscopy. He died two-and-a-half years later at the age of 42.
Upholding the State Commission’s order, NCDRC said, “Propofol (anesthesia) was administered without monitoring and caution. The cardiac arrest was not managed properly, therefore the patient suffered coma. Thus, it is a case of medical negligence.”
The Commission also observed that Reddy was under Aarogya Bharatha Scheme. “The hospital siphoned off government funds to the tune of Rs 12 lakh and when the outer limit got exhausted, started demanding money from the complainant for further treatment,” it said.