Division bench of West Bengal State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission headed by president Justice Mr. Ishwar Chandra Das issued notice against Belle Vue Clinic, a premier private hospital in Kolkata, and Dr. Niranjan Bhattacharyya for a botched surgery that nearly took the life of wife of Mr. Partha Datta, a retired income tax commissioner. As emphatically argued by PBT president, Dr. Kunal Saha, while doing a routine hysterectomy, Dr. Bhattacharyya also cut the left ureter of the patient and even worse, it was not disclosed to the patient or her husband. After patient’s condition deteriorated rapidly and a second opinion was sought, it was found that urine was leaking into the abdomen as the patient went into a serious condition. A number of follow-up surgeries were performed as the patient was transferred to a different hospital to save the life of the patient who still suffers from persistent medical problems. The long medical fiasco also caused a serious dent in Datta’s financial situation as the family had to pay a hefty hospital bill of over Rs. 20 lakh. The lawsuit has sought a compensation of about Rs. 45 lakh including the hospital cost for treatment of the patient. The matter will be listed for contested hearing on January 10, 2018.
Ironically, the same Dr. Bhattacharyya was also involved with unlawful and unethical “stem cell therapy” on a poor and unsuspecting patient in 2013. PBT lodged a formal complaint against this doctor with the West Bengal Medical Council seeking cancellation of medical registration of Dr. Bhattacharyya for his unlawful and dangerous medical experiment. While WBMC listed PBT’s complaint on their website, not a single hearing was held till now as the devious medical council stays on a slumber for the past 4 years as the accused doctor (see below).