Chennai: Ten years after a woman diedbecauseof medical negligence,the State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has fined a hospital `4.7 lakh.
P Balasubramaniam said his mother Thulasiammal was admitted to Sree Abirami Hospital in Coimbatore with stomach ache on June11, 2006. The doctors informed him that a surgery had to be performed, but did not give him details of the surgery or medical treatment. After the surgery was completed, hospital staff did not reveal the condition of Thulasiammal, nor did they allow Balasubramaniam to see his mother. After repeated requests, he saw his mother, who was by then in a serious condition.
Balasubramaniam moved his mother to another hospital, where he learned that the first hospital had not performed the surgery. Doctors at the second hospital treated his mother but she died on June 22, 2006. Stating that the hospital did not diagnose the ailment or provide proper treatment, he moved a forum seeking compensation for medical negligence.
Refuting his arguments, Sree Abirami Hospital said Thulasiammal was suffering from abdominal pain, vomiting and fever, and the doctors informed her family that she was in a serious condition. Surgery was not performed on the patient as "there was risk of complications because of surgery under general anaesthesia" and "the patient's condition was not fit to take any definite line of treatment".
As Thulasiammal died after surgery at another was not liable to be charged with medical negligence.
The district forum then dismissed Balasubramiam's complaint, following which he moved the state commission in the city. A bench of presiding judicial member J Jayaram and member P Bakiyavathi said the hospital provided conflicting statements about Thulasiammal's surgery.
"We have to also note that no discharge summary was provided [by the hospital]..." said the bench, adding that there was negligence in services on the hospital's part.
The commission directed Sree Abirami Hospital to pay Balasubramiam `3 lakh as compensation for causing mental agony, `1.6 lakh as medical expenses and `10,000 as case costs.