Historic judgement: Kunal Saha

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Historic judgement: Kunal Saha. US-based Indian-origin doctor Dr. Kunal Saha described the Supreme Court award as a “historic judgement that will have a major impact on standard of medical care in India.”

Historic judgement: Kunal Saha

Dr. Saha said in an email from USA that this “will have major impact on medical negligence and standard of medical care in India.”

“This will send a strong message to all negligent doctors and unscrupulous hospitals that are reaping (sic) innocent patients everyday across India,” he said.

“Thursday’s verdict is also likely to increase the value of every human life in India,” Saha, who founded People for Better Treatment to fight against medical negligence,” he said.

The Supreme Court on Thursday awarded Rs. 5.96 crore as compensation to be paid by Kolkata-based AMRI Hospital and three doctors to Dr. Kunal Saha for medical negligence which led to the death of his wife Anuradha in 1998.

Incidentally, AMRI Hospital at Dhakuria, where Anuradha was treated, has been closed since a fire gutted one of its buildings killing 93 people, most of whom were patients, on December nine, 2011.

An AMRI official, when contacted, refused to comment saying they were yet to receive a copy of the order.

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