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Boy's death due to docs' negligence

The State Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission orders doctors of the concerned hospital to pay compensation of Rs 95,000, reports Venugopal Pillai.

india Updated: May 16, 2007 18:32 IST

The State Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission has ordered doctors of Sewa Nursing Home, Rampur to pay compensation of Rs 95,000, accusing them of dereliction of duty resulting in the death of a seven-year-old boy Kashif.

Kashif was brought to the nursing home complaining severe pain in the legs and bouts of vomiting. X-ray was done on him and the report revealed a protuberance (boil) filled with pus on the patient's thigh. The doctors had prescribed medicines to him to control nausea, but the patient died.

Finding of the commission was that the doctors were negligent in providing medical service and maintained that if the doctors had limited knowledge pertaining to the case, they should have referred the patient to a competent physician.

But, the doctors, in their defence, contended that in the absence of a physician, it was not possible for them to diagnose the patient fully.

The two doctors attending on the patient were a radiologist and a surgeon.

Further, the commission held that the patient died of severe abscess or infection, causing continuous vomiting.

The commission maintained that the doctors should have reacted spontaneously and sensibly and stemmed the pus from the boil. But, that was not done and as a result the patient died.

Referring to the medical literature filed by the doctors, it was observed that the abscess could be prevented by timely and appropriate anti-biotic treatment and in this particular case abscess was already confirmed and was known to the doctors, yet proper treatment coupled with operation to stem the pus was neither done nor immediately referred to a competent doctor.

Complainant Saif Ali Khan, father of Kashif, had alleged that the patient was neither referred to an expert physician nor a detailed test was carried out on him.

The commission further observed that the symptoms and sufferings deposed by the patient and his father indicated that they had to undergo severe ordeal during the treatment. The commission advised that doctors should act responsibly as the society looked up to them as saviours.