Anupama medical negligence case: PGI sanctions `17 lakh relief

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jun 17, 2015 11:05 IST

Complying with the order of the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, New Delhi, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) sanctioned the compensation to be paid to the parents of Anupama Sarkar, the 16-year-old accident victim who had died at the hospital in July 2012 while waiting for treatment.

Holding the PGIMER negligent in treatment of Anupama, leading to her death, the commission on May 21 had directed the PGIMER to pay `17 lakh as compensation to her parents.

Accepting the plea, seeking enhancement of compensation moved by Anupama’s father Amit Sarkar, the panel had enhanced the compensation by `10 lakh in addition to the `7 lakh ordered to be paid by the PGIMER by the state consumer disputes redressal commission, Chandigarh, on April 1, 2013.

The sanction order of PGI’s director Yogesh Chawla reads - “In compliance with the order of the national consumer commission, sanction is hereby accorded to the payment of `13.5 lakh in favour of Amit Sarkar and Konika Sarkar (parents of the victim).”
Counsel for the complainants Pankaj Chandgothia said an amount of `3.5 lakh already stood deposited with the national commission in April 2013, as per the earlier orders.

Blaming the prevalent “red-tapism” for the death of 16-year-old Anupama Sarkar, who had died waiting to be attended by the doctors, the national consumer commission in its order had said, “Due to the bureaucratic approach and red-tapism adopted by the PGI, a precious life of a young girl could not be saved.” Deviating from the normal procedure, the national panel had listed the case for July 31 for compliance.

Money cannot compensate our loss: Victim’s father

“Money cannot compensate our loss, but my daughter has finally got justice. I hope this order will help in improving the PGIMER’s working, so that no other patient is left to die waiting for treatment,” said Anupama’s father Amit Sarkar.
Having lost their only child, the family is now contemplating to move back to Kolkata. “Money cannot bring back my daughter, but will become a source to sustain in old age. The city has taken away everything from us and we have nothing,” he added.

The case

Left leg of Anupama, a student of GMSSS-18 and a Mauli Jagran complex resident, was crushed under a CTU bus on July 17. Her family had alleged that delay in treatment had led to leg amputation. The delay in surgery resulted in the spread of infection that developed into gas gangrene, they claimed. The condition led to her death on July 24, 2012.

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