The Telegraph
Thursday , January 31 , 2013
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Rs 5-lakh fine on Calcutta doctor

New Delhi, Jan. 30 (PTI): A Calcutta-based doctor has been ordered to pay Rs 5.38 lakh to the son of a patient who died 12 years ago after being given blood of the wrong group.

The National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission held Dr Sunil Thakur guilty of negligence, describing as “unacceptable” his contention that he was not responsible for arranging the blood and saying “he had signed the requisition slip sent to the blood bank enclosing with it a wrong specimen of blood”.

Thakur had appealed against the state consumer commission’s order that indicted him for the death of Manick Lal Goswami.

Goswami had started frothing at the mouth, complained of difficulty in breathing and began shivering after being given B+ blood instead of A+, the patient’s son Gorachand said in his complaint.

The death certificate issued by the Calcutta Medical Research Institute (CMRI), where Manick underwent dialysis after the botched transfusion and eventually died on December 1, 2000, mentioned “history of mismatched blood transfusion” as one of the causes of the death, Gorachand said.

Manick had said his father was admitted for surgery on a fractured thigh bone at the nursing home where Thakur worked as a consultant orthopaedic surgeon.

“We agree with the finding of the state commission that the appellant (Thakur) was guilty of medical negligence. This appeal is dismissed. The appellant is directed to comply with the order passed by the state commission and pay Rs 5.38 lakh (including legal costs of Rs 10,000) to the deceased’s son,” the national commission said.