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Docs, AMRI Hospital Pay Compensation In Anuradha Saha Death Case: Top Kolkata Doctor Seeks More Time To Arrange Money

After 14 years of seeking justice in courts at every levels including numerous trips to the Supreme Court of India, three top Kolkata doctors (Sukumar Mukherjee, Baidyanath Halder and Balaram Prasad) and AMRI hospital in Kolkata yesterday paid a fraction of the highest-ever compensation (Rs. 1.7 crore) imposed against these doctors/hospital by the National Consumer Commission (NCDRC) on October 21, 2011 (see the news in Hindustan Times below).  However, nobody paid any interest that has accurred over the past five months for which this matter will be listed again before NCDRC in July, 2012.  While AMRI hospital paid the full compensation of Rs. 40.40 lakh, Dr. Sukumar Mukherjee, the principal culprit physician for Anuradha’s death who was also imposed a compensation of Rs. 40.40 lakh paid only Rs. 33 lakh.  Dr. Mukherjee has claimed that he could only collect Rs. 33 lakh and he will pay the rest of the money soon (see Dr. Mukherjee’s affidavit below).  Ironically, Dr. Mukherjee is perhaps one of the highest earning physicians in Kolkata who was recently appointed as the “chief advisor” for the health department by the Bengal chief minister Mamta Banerjee.  Reportedly, a new patient has to wait for months to get an appointment with Dr. Mukherjee in his chamber at Nightangale Medical Center in Kolkata and he charges Rs. 1500/- from each patient.

H. Times (May 15, 2012) Front page

NCDRC (Dr. Mukherjee’s Appeal) May 2012

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