District Consumer Forum, Bhopal, imposed a penalty of Rs 1 lakh on oncologist Dr TP Sahu and Rs 50,000 on Jawahar Lal Nehru Cancer Hospital on the charge of negligence in the treatment of a patient.
Along with them, X-ray technician Rajeev Tripathi has also been fined Rs 10,000.
Hearing a complaint, the consumer forum on June 20 ordered Dr Sahu to pay Rs 1 lakh to the family of the patient Hem Kumari Mishra.
Hem Kumari’s husband ML Mishra and son Arvind Mishra had moved the forum after she died during CT scan.
The forum also asked Jawahar Lal Nehru Cancer Hospital to pay Rs 50,000 to the patient’s kin for allowing ineligible doctors and technicians to conduct CT scan on the patient.
The scan was allegedly performed in the absence of a radiologist.
ML Mishra and son Arvind had filed a complaint with the district consumer forum on April 15, 2009 against Jawahar Lal Nehru Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, oncologist Dr TP Sahu, physician Dr Pradeep Kolekar, X-ray technician Rajeev Tripathi and United India Insurance Company.
According to ML Mishra, his wife was undergoing treatment at Jawahar Lal Nehru Cancer Hospital for lung cancer. She died inside CT scan machine on October 3, 2008.
Mishra alleged that Dr Sahu had carried out drug trial on his wife and had given overdose of a medicine known as Morphine Capacitabine leading to severe complications to the patient.
Besides, Dr Kolekar gave medicines of tuberculosis instead of cancer to the patient.
He said despite being in critical condition, Hem Kumari was not shifted to intensive care unit.
He also accused the X-ray technician of negligence in doing CT- scan.
Mishra had also filed complaint with Madhya Pradesh Medical Council and Madhya Pradesh Para Medical Council regarding the negligence of doctors as well as hospital.
Mishra further said during investigation of Madhya Pradesh Medical Council, it was found that Dr Sahu was not registered with the council and as such he was not eligible to treat cancer patients.
The X-ray technician was also not registered with Para Medical Council, Bhopal, he alleged.