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Delhi hospital fined for death of baby in womb

The Delhi State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission held the Vasant Vihar-based GMC guilty of taking chances.

india Updated: Aug 06, 2006 11:42 IST

Finding a Delhi-based hospital guilty of "gross medical negligence", a city consumer court has asked it to pay Rs 75,000 as compensation to a woman whose baby died in the womb as the doctors did not opt for caesarean mode of delivery.

The Delhi State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission held the Vasant Vihar-based Goyal Medical Centre (GMC) guilty of "taking chances" when they were required to resort to safest course to save the baby of one Reena whose uterus got ruptured as she was not operated upon for taking out the baby alive.

"...The safest course should have been adopted by the appellant instead of taking chance in making the delivery normal by inducing artificial pain instead of resorting to lower segment of caesarean section," said the Commission Bench comprising Justice JD Kapoor and Member Rumnitta rejecting the GMC appeal.

The private nursing home had appealed against the verdict of a District Consumer Forum which had asked it to pay Rs two lakh to the complainant on account of negligence that resulted in the death of the child in womb and rupture of her uterus.

The Commission, though upheld the Forum's order, scaled down the compensation amount to Rs 75,000.

Reena, in her complaint filed in 1998 before the Forum, alleged that she, after conceiving a baby, had been visiting the hospital for regular check ups.

On July 23, 1998, she was admitted there following immense pain and bleeding. But, strangely the doctors at the hospital did not try to save her baby, she alleged.

First Published: Aug 06, 2006 11:42 IST