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PBT Fights For Medical Negligence Victims: National Consumer Forum Directs Doctors and Top Government Hospital To Pay Rs. 2 Lakh For Willful Non-appearance Before State Consumer Forum

Biplab Pal, 32-year old only son of a poor mother, Bula Pal, died in 2014 from alleged botched gall-bladder surgery at R.G. Kar Medical College & Hospital in Kolkata. After the victim’s family came to PBT seeking help, a complaint was lodged before the W.B. State Consumer Forum. Court sent numerous notices to the premier government medical college and accused doctors (Drs. P. Mukherjee, S. Lahiri and Tanusree Chakraborty) over a period of 3-4 years but the accused doctors and R.G. Kar hospital simply ignored these notices and remained absolutely silent. Finally, a judgment was passed by the State Commission after going through the merit of the case holding the doctors/hospital guilty for medical negligence and allowed a compensation of Rs. 46 lakh.

Ironically, soon after the judgment was delivered and it was reported by the local media, R.G. Kar Medical College challenged the verdict before the National Consumer Forum (NCDRC) on the ground that natural justice was denied as the judgment was passed ex perte. NCDRC passed a final order last month remanding the case back to the State Commission to give a final opportunity to the accused doctors/hospital to file their defense. However, NCDRC also held that the accused chose not to appear before the State Commission despite receiving repeated notices and imposed a penalty of Rs. 2 lakh for their non-appearance including Rs. 1 lakh against R.G. Kar Hospital and Rs. 25,000/- against each of the 4 accused doctors. PBT president Dr. Kunal Saha personally appeared on behalf of the complainant-mother Mrs. Bula Pal and argued that even if the case is remanded back to the state commission, the deliberate and devious ploy on part of a government medical college/hospital and the accused doctors for their non-appearance only to harass the victim must be dealt with exemplary punishment. The Rs. 2 lakh penalty against the accused doctors/hospital for non-appearance in a medical negligence case is one of the highest award of this nature in Indian medico-legal parlance (see news below).

Statesman (Jun 8, 2019)

TOI (Jun 8, 2019)

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  • Dr Ram June 14, 2019, 7:51 am

    Hello everyone
    I am a practicing Physician from India.
    Please note that Dr Kunal Saha and his affiliated team have come up with a notorious idea of making money.
    These people are based in USA and run the Devils workshop from there. They run an extortion racket in the name of legal assistance and guidance to patient families who are in doubt that their patient has been died due to socalled medical negligence.
    These people entice such families and then the real game starts, families get more and more suspicious with their fabricated assurance that it was the doctors negligence, and they get ready to spend on legal pursuits. I have doubts these people may be having nexus with legal firm, might be pulling commission from there.
    On the other end the Doctor is also harassed in court trials, tarikh par tarikh…
    In India already so dearth of Medical professionals, and over that such organisations are entangling available practitioners in cases and wasting their time, on the other side needy patients are dying.
    Due to their freaky pursuits of some diseased, neglected, old and salvageable

  • Anonymous June 14, 2019, 7:59 am

    Hello everyone
    I am a practicing Physician from India.
    Please note that Dr Kunal Saha and his affiliated team have come up with a notorious idea of making money.
    These people are based in USA and run the Devils workshop from there. They run an extortion racket in the name of legal assistance and guidance to patient families who are in doubt that their patient has been died due to socalled medical negligence.
    These people entice such families and then the real game starts, families get more and more suspicious with their fabricated assurance that it was the doctors negligence, and they get ready to spend on legal pursuits. I have doubts these people may be having nexus with legal firm, might be pulling commission from there.
    On the other end the Doctor is also harassed in court trials, tarikh par tarikh…
    In India already so dearth of Medical professionals, and over that such organisations are entangling available practitioners in cases and wasting their time, on the other side needy patients are dying.
    Due to their freaky pursuits, deaths of some terminally diseased, neglected, old and non-salvageable cases are being projected as Medical negligence.
    Much of the doctor get aquitted because there is hardly any negligence. But by that time these people mint millions.
    Such organisations should be considered Medical vultures, because they run a business that gets benefitted from the dead. Their practice is killing young accident, trauma, surgical, pregnancy and delivery cases who are potentially salvageable but because the doctor has to visit courts repeatedly due to the cobweb of these people.
    Such organisations must be banned, they are killer of salvageable needy Indian patients.

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