Safdarjung Hospital Ordered to Pay Rs 25 Lakh Compensation for Wrong Treatment

Safdarjung Hospital ordered to pay ₹25 lakh for medical negligence leading to patient's death. Highlights importance of proper treatment and accountability of healthcare providers.

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Safdarjung Hospital Ordered to Pay Rs 25 Lakh Compensation for Wrong Treatment

Safdarjung Hospital Ordered to Pay Rs 25 Lakh Compensation for Wrong Treatment

The National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) has directed Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi to pay over Rs 25 lakh in compensation to the wife of a man who died during treatment in 2017. The NCDRC noted that the hospital had adopted a "completely incorrect and unlawful line of medical treatment" and failed to administer a "vital" injection called Nirmin, which was not available at the hospital.

The state consumer commission had earlier granted the compensation, noting that it was "appalling" that the injection was not available in a "large hospital like Safdarjung". The hospital challenged the state commission's order, but the NCDRC upheld the decision, stating that the hospital had failed to provide details of the patient's medical condition to justify the treatment provided.

Why this matters: This case highlights the importance of hospitals providing proper medical treatment and having vital medications readily available. It also underscores the role of consumer courts in holding healthcare providers accountable for medical negligence and ensuring that patients and their families receive just compensation.

The NCDRC's order serves as a reminder to hospitals and medical professionals to adhere to proper treatment protocols and maintain adequate supplies of vital medications. "It was appalling that the injection was not available in a large hospital like Safdarjung," the state consumer commission had noted in its earlier order. The case also demonstrates the avenues available for patients and their families to seek redress for medical negligence through consumer courts.

Key Takeaways

  • NCDRC ordered Safdarjung Hospital to pay ₹25 lakh to patient's widow for negligence.
  • Hospital failed to provide vital injection, leading to patient's death during treatment in 2017.
  • Consumer courts can hold healthcare providers accountable for medical negligence and lack of care.
  • Hospitals must adhere to proper treatment protocols and maintain adequate supplies of vital medications.
  • Patients and families can seek redress for medical negligence through consumer courts.