A Delhi court has asked the city government to pay Rs 45,000 as compensation to a man who lost vision in one eye following a faulty cataract surgery at a state-run hospital.
"We are living in a welfare state where some responsibilities are shouldered by the government in such cases. Token amount of Rs 45,000 is granted to compensate for loss of eye sight of the plaintiff so that the doctors are more cautious while dealing with patients in government hospitals," senior Civil Judge Ajay Goel said.
Ram Kishan Yadav was admitted to ESI Hospital here on June 10, 2002, for free operation of his right eye under the 'Motiabind Mukti Abhiyan' (cataract eradication programme) of the Delhi government.
To his utter shock, he found that he had lost vision in the eye after his bandage was removed on June 31.
Yadav, in his plea, alleged that the surgeons gave excuses saying the hospital lacked adequate facilities and rather advised him to consult experts at a private hospital.
The doctors at the private hospital expressed helplessness and referred him to AIIMS where he was operated upon again. However, his vision couldn't be restored.
"As far as the point of negligence is concerned, the same cannot be accepted but the fact is that the person has lost his eyesight in government hospital and hospital could not do anything to save it," the court said.