West Bengal doctor fined 25.5 lakh INR for botched up surgery

27 February, 2016

Kolkata, Feb 27 (IBNS) In a major judgment delivered on Friday, the W.B. State Commission has awarded a compensation of Rs. 25.5 lakh against a senior neurosurgeon and retired head of Neurosurgery at R.G. Kar Medical Hospital.

Dr Alok Kumar Khan was charged for causing death of a patient at his Nursing Home (Calcutta Medical Complex Nursing Home) from gross medical negligence.  

People for Better Treatment (PBT) president, Kunal Saha, personally appeared to argue in court coming from USA, to help the hapless victim and widow of the deceased, Shyamali Sikdar, to find justice in this complicated case of botched brain surgery and subsequent maltreatment which is noted in the attached impugned judgment. 

The negligent death of the patient at only 61 years  in 2009 shattered the entire family with young children, Saha said.

The accused doctor attempted to shirk from his responsibility by refusing to appear in the case but the court was compelled to pass this huge judgment in his absence (ex perte) considering the grave nature of the malpractice, Saha claimed. 

The doctor and nursing home also refused to provide all medical records to the victim’s family after the patient’s death, he said.