Medical negligence: US doc gets Rs 1.77 cr in damages
However, Dr Kunal Saha, husband of Anuradha Saha, said he was not happy and would move the Supreme Court. “I had demanded compensation of Rs 97 crore,” he said over the phone from the US.
But he said “the compensation is the highest ever in medical legal history and should send a strong signal to negligent doctors and hospitals in India”.
The NCDRC said, “The foreign residence of the complainant or the patient and the income of the deceased patient are relevant factors but compensation awarded by an Indian forum cannot be at par with what is ordinarily granted by foreign courts in such cases.”
Anuradha, a child psychologist, during her visit to Kolkata in 1998 developed rashes on her body. On may 11, she was admitted to the hospital and was treated by doctors Sukumar Mukherjee, Baidyanath Halder, Abani Roychaudhury and Balaram Prasad. As there was no improvement, she was shifted to Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai, where she died on May 28. The doctors there said she was suffering from Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis, a rare and deadly dermatological disease.
Following her death, Saha filed a criminal case against the four doctors and the hospital.