The National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) has come to the rescue of the widow of a policeman who died following a problem during administration of anaesthesia for a surgery. The apex consumer court has ordered the Hyderabad-based Yashoda Hospital to pay D Uma Devi, the complainant, a sum of Rs. 47 lakhs as compensation.

The policeman, D Sadasiva Reddy, had been hospitalized following an attack of jaundice, and was advised a procedure which required administration of anaesthesia. He was given Propofol, a drug which resulted in fatal complications.

Reddy was first in a comatose state, and eventually declared brain-dead. The hospital claimed he had suffered a sudden cardiac arrest, and decided to discharge him after refusing to treat him.

Uma approached the state human rights commission, which directed the hospital to extend treatment till January 2009. Reddy died after two-and-a-half years, aged 42.

The commission also observed that Reddy was a beneficiary of the Aarogya Bharatha Scheme. “The hospital siphoned off government funds to the tune of Rs 12 lakhs and when the outer limit got exhausted, started demanding money from the complainant for further treatment,” it noted.

Earlier, the state commission had ordered Rs 10 lakhs in compensation holding the hospital responsible for medical negligence. Both the hospital and Uma Devi had appealed.


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