The state consumer disputes redressal commission granted 10 days time to the Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, to pay compensation to Suman, the victim of wrong blood transfusion.
The commission deferred the hearing of the contempt petition against the GMSH for non-payment of compensation to Suman, after the GMSH medical superintendent, appearing on behalf of hospital, sought some time. The petition has been deferred to August 2.
Pankaj Chandgothia, counsel for Suman's family, contended that the consumer commission had passed orders on March 1, 2012, directing the GMSH and its three doctors - Kirti Sood, Navdeep Kaur and Manpreet Kaur to pay Rs 4 lakh as compensation and Rs 50,000 as cost of litigation. The payment was to be made within one month, failing which penal interest of 12% per annum was to be paid with effect from January 21, 2011.
The GMSH was also directed to bear the burden of treatment of Suman for life.Chandgothia pointed out that though the GMSH was held vicariously liable for the fault of its employees, it had not paid the entire amount till date. It only paid a sum of Rs 1 lakh towards compensation and Rs 12,500 towards legal costs.
The hospital took the stand that it was liable to pay only one-fourth of the amount and rest was to be paid by the three guilty doctors.
Chandgothia said the GMSH and the doctors were held liable to pay jointly. Therefore, Suman was entitled to the entire amount from the GMSH, which could then be recovered from its employees.
Chandgothia also informed the commission that the GMSH had also not filed any appeal against the orders and hence the judgment had become final and binding on them.According to Chandgothia, the balance payment now due to Suman would amount to more than Rs 4 lakh.