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Hope On The Horizon

The SC brings solace to those seeking redressal in medical cases

Hope On The Horizon
Hope On The Horizon
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  • Balbir Singh Makol vs Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Delhi, Dr J.S. Makhani, Dr K.L. Kalra and Dr M.P. Singh. Filed in 1992 following the death of Makol's son Manpreet in 1990, after leg amputation in 1989. Claim: Rs 50 crore.

  • J.S. Jadav vs Dr Anand Pandit and Dr Aruna Saghvi, Manorama Ogale Memorial Hospital and Prayag Hospital, both in Pune. Filed on December 12, 1995 after his 15-year-old son Vishal died following fever and vomit -ing on November 10. Claim: Rs 1.5 crore.

  • Aruna Trikha vs Sehra Medical Centre and Dr Devender Sehra, Delhi. Filed in 1992 for loss of vision following wrong diagnosis and treatment. Claim: Rs 46.29 lakh.

  •  Harjot Ahluwalia (minor) vs Spring Meadows Hospital, Delhi, and nurse Bina Mathew. Filed in 1994 for irreversible brain damage caused by large and sudden dose of wrong medicine. Claim: Rs 28 lakh.

These are some of the biggest compensation claims under the Consumer Protection Act (1986) among the 70-odd cases pending before the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) and likely to be taken up following the Supreme Court's ruling on November 13, bringing doctors and medical services under the purview of the act. But it may be a while before these cases get moving as 28 such cases before the national and state commissions have been stayed by the Delhi High Court and referred to its full-bench.

Being the highest consumer court, the NCDRC admits only those cases with claims worth Rs 20 lakh and above. Claims below Rs 20 lakh go to state commissions and those below Rs 5 lakh to district commissions. So far, the highest claim against a doctor and/or hospital is a whopping Rs 50 crore, filed by Balbir Singh Makol against Delhi's Sir Ganga Ram Hospital (SGRH), its former consultant Dr J.S. Makhani and two other doctors whom he accuses of having "killed" his 18-year-old son Manpreet to "make...

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