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Consumer Court Dismisses India’s Biggest Ever Medical Error Clai

The apex consumer court in New Delhi Thursday dismissed the case of highest-ever medical compensation claim filed by India-born US scientist Kunal Saha for the death of his wife in 1998 due to alleged wrongful treatment//.

The judgement of the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) has 'shocked' the AIDS researcher.

'This judgement is utterly shocking not just for myself, but also for the millions of ordinary Indian citizens who seek justice against the hitherto 'untouchable' Indian doctors,' Saha told IANS from Ohio.

He vowed to see the end by moving the Supreme Court immediately against the judgement.

Saha had filed a Rs.770 million ($17 million) claim against a Kolkata hospital (AMRI) after the death of his wife Anuradha Saha, 36, due to alleged wrong treatment by three senior doctors - Baidyanath Halder, Abani Roychowdhury and Sukumar Mukherjee - in May 1998 when the couple were on a visit to Kolkata.

The NCDRC observed in its judgement while dismissing the case: "Whether the courts or the consumer fora can sit in appeal against the decision taken by the expert doctors with regard to administration of a particular dose of medicine? Answer would be - No.'

'It is to be judged in the light of particular circumstance of each case. Jurisdiction of the consumer fora would be limited in case of apparent deficiency in prescribing dose of medicine, i.e., in cases where doctors have not taken reasonable degree of care in prescribing a particular dose of medicine,' said the order given by a three-member panel led by NCDRC president M.B. Shah.

'Claim in the complaint is in crores i.e. Rs.77,76,73,500/- which is rate while the disease suffered by the wife of the complainant was also rare- TEN (Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis) which affects only 1 or 1.3 persons, out of 10 lakhs (1 million),' the order said.

'We reiterate that doctors or surgeons do not undertake that
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