NCDRC or­ders Delhi hos­pi­tal, doc­tors to pay Rs 64 lakh for neg­li­gence

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The apex con­sumer fo­rum has or­dered Del­hibased pri­vate hos­pi­tal Ma­haraja Agrasen Hos­pi­tal and three of its doc­tors to pay Rs 64 lakh to a woman for their neg­li­gence 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 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 anaes­the­sia. 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 twoand-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.

Govt tells traders to dis­play tax ID and reg­is­tra­tion no.

The Delhi gov­ern­ment wants all reg­is­tered traders to dis­play their cer­tifi­cate of reg­is­tra­tion and tax iden­ti­fi­ca­tion num­ber (TIN) promi­nently out­side their busi­ness places. The trade and taxes de­part­ment has is­sued a cir­cu­lar to all as­sis­tant com­mis­sion­ers and the ward in-charges to en­sure that all reg­is­tered deal­ers promi­nently dis­play the reg­is­tra­tion cer­tifi­cates. “Fur­ther, the dealer shall promi­nently dis­play his TIN and ward num­ber out­side the main en­trance of all places of busi­ness in Delhi,” the gov­ern­ment cir­cu­lar read.

All traders with an an­nual turnover of over Rs 20 lakh have to reg­is­ter them­selves with the trade and taxes de­part­ment.

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