Delhi Hospital To Compensate Rs 10 Lakh For Not Informing The Details Of Treatment To Patient's Kin
A 43-year-old patient died allegedly due to lack of information on the prognosis of a disease in Delhi. The Delhi State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has directed the Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, a private hospital in Delhi to compensate 10 Lakh Rupees to the family, alleging that the patient died due to “deficiency in services”. The hospital reportedly did not disclose the details of the treatment to the family of the deceased, according to The Hindu.
Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals had admitted Surendra Tyagi, 43, in 2001 when he complained of numbness which spread all over his body gradually and the patient was diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease, a neurological disorder in 2002.
However, when the patient was tested, the doctors of the hospital were of the opinion that he was suffering from a disease named Guillain-Barre-Syndrome (GBS) in which the body’s immune system attacks the nervous system. The family of the patient was asked to pay Rs. 2.5 lakh for the treatment to which they obliged.
The family claimed that Tyagi was suffering from Motor Neuron Disease, which had no cure, but the hospital diagnosed him with GBS and gave a hope that this disease can be cured. The family also alleged that Tyagi did not recover completely when the doctors discharged him. He died In April 2004
Reportedly, Tyagi’s counsel informed the court that when Tyagi reached his residence in Hapur, he died within 15 minutes of withdrawing the ventilator support.
Apparently, the patient’s sugar levels were not being tested in spite of him being diabetic. This caused multiple infections. Also, it was mentioned that the ventilator developed mechanical issues and the hospital pharmacy also provided expired medicines, according to The Hindu.
However, the counsel for the hospital denied the allegations stating that no “medical negligence” was caused and said that at times, certain features in Motor Neuron Disease are similar to that of GBS.
The Delhi State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission held that the hospital was not guilty of medical negligence, but was liable for deficiency of services as they failed to disclose the details of prognosis.
The commission observed that “In view of the foregoing reasons, the Commission is of the considered opinion that the hospital and the doctor are not guilty of medical negligence. However, the patient was not made clear of the prognosis. Nothing was explained to the relatives in relation to the commonality of the features of Motor Neuron Diseases and GBS. Relatives of the patient remained in the dark in that they remained under an impression that the disease was fully curable and the treatment was as per standard protocol.” The commission then directed the hospital to compensate the family of the victim within a month.