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Negligence cry trashed

Ranchi, May 17: State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission spared Bihar Eye Bank Trust and Research Centre and ophthalmologist D.N. Singh on Saturday in an appeal alleging medical negligence and deficiency in service.

Advocate Kripal Singh said D.N. Singh had performed a cataract-removal operation on his left eye on March 2006 at Bihar Eye Bank in Ranchi. “After the operation, he assured me that vision would be back in a few days. But, I my eye started watering,” he said.

Kripal Singh added that he visited the doctor, who assured him that vision would soon be back. “Since I was anxious, I consulted other doctors and went to Chennai-based Shankar Netralaya for better treatment,” he said.

The advocate claimed that doctors at Chennai said he was the operation was not done properly. Kripal Singh then filed a consumer complaint case against the doctor and the hospital and claimed a compensation of Rs 8.3 lakh.

The doctor said the lawyer had no documents that proved negligence.

The doctor’s counsel B. Mukherjee pleaded Kripal Singh had not produced any document that suggested the doctor’s negligence. He added that Shankar Netralaya doctors’ allegations of wrong treatment were not on record.

Mukherjee added that a drug allergy had caused the watering. “The allergy stopped after changing the medicine. Such problems can occur in any patient,” Mukherjee argued. The State Commission after hearing the matter observed that Kripal Singh had failed to produce direct evidence to prove the negligence of the doctor or the hospital and case was dismissed.