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Horror in AMRI Hospital in Kolkata: PBT Demands Immediate Compensation and Criminal Prosecution of Hospital Administration

More than 70 defenseless patients were burnt or suffocated to death today after a fire broke out at the Advanced Medicare Research Institute (AMRI), a top-rated private hospital in South Kolkata. It is obvious that the hospital did not have adequate preventive measures to tackle an accidental fire. PBT has submitted a memorandum to the Bengal chief minister and health minister, Ms. Mamta Banerjee, seeking a transparent investigation and criminal prosecution of reckless members of the hospital administration. PBT has also demanded immediate compensation of Rs. 50 lakh for each family of the patients who have died and Rs. 20 lakh for those who are injured. Ironically, this is the same hospital where US-based child psychologist Anuradha Saha, wife of PBT’s founding-president Dr. Kunal Saha, fell prey to gross medical negligence during a social visit to India in 1998. On October 21, 2011, the National Consumer Forum (NCDRC) awarded a compensation of Rs. 1.7 crore, highest in Indian medical history, against the AMRI Hospital and three other Kolkata doctors.

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