Doc wins case of medical negligence, excess billing against hospital

Citizens dragging doctors and hospitals to court for medical negligence is a well-documented fact. But here's a case in which a medical practitioner with 35 years of experience filed a complaint of medical negligence against a prominent hospital in the city, and has won the case too. Dr Gulam Mohammed Patel (65) has not only been awarded compensation but he will also get refund of the excess bill charged to him — a common complaint of patients in the city.

In an order that highlights the way patients — in this case an MBBS doctor — get medical treatment, the Pune District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has recently directed Inamdar Multi-Speciality Hospital in Fatimanagar to pay Rs 10,000 towards compensation to the doctor for its nursing staff's negligence.

The forum has also directed the hospital to pay Rs 10,000 for mental and physical suffering and Rs 3,000 by way of cost of the complaint to Patel within six weeks from the date of receipt of the copy of the order. Besides, the forum has also asked the hospital to pay Rs 1,856 to the doctor for excess billing.

"The amount of compensation is not important. What is shocking is that I being a medical practitioner had to suffer physical pain and mental torture from my own brethren," said Patel, a resident of Brahma Majestic on NIBM Road. "I would not have gone to court, but it is important to highlight the way some people from the medical community behave and take patients for granted. Though I am a doctor, I had to suffer. Just imagine the plight of the patients who don't know anything about the medical treatment," he said.

Dr Patel's misery began in July last year when he had gone to Mahabaleshwar with his family. "After returning, I suffered from loose motions. My family insisted I get admitted to Inamdar hospital, which is near my house," he said.

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