In a case in which a woman was a victim of wrong blood transfusion,the UT State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission headed by Justice (Retd) Sham Sunder,granted 10 days time to the Government Multi Specialty Hospital,Sector 16 to make due payment of compensation.
The contempt petition against GMSH-16,for non-payment of compensation to Suman,came up for hearing on Monday. Advocate Pankaj Chandgothia,counsel for Sumans family,contended that the Consumer Commission had passed orders on March 1,2012 directing the GMSH and its three doctors,Kirti Sood,Navdeep Kaur and Manpreet Kur to pay Rs four lakh as compensation and Rs 50,000 as legal costs.
He said,The payment was to be made within one month,failing which penal interest at 12% per annum was to be paid with effect from January 21,2011.
In December 2009,in a case of mistaken identity,Suman was transfused with the wrong blood group at GMSH-16. As a result,her foetus died and her kidneys were affected,following which she was referred to PGI. Suman later underwent treatment at PGI for her damaged kidneys. Chandgothia said that the petition has been filed under Section 27 of the Consumer Protection Act which provides that where a person fails or omits to comply with any order made by the State Commission,such person shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than one month but which may extend to three years,or with fine which shall not be less than two thousand rupees but which may extend to ten thousand rupees,or with both. He added that in case of non-payment,the Medical Superintendent of GMSH may face imprisonment.
The advocate pointed out that although GMSH-16 was held liable for the fault of its employees,it had not paid the entire amount till date,but only paid a sum of Rs 1 lakh towards compensation and Rs 12,500 towards legal costs.
The Medical Superintendent of GMSH appeared through Jatinder,Government Pleader,and requested for some time to do the needful. Dr Rajiv Vadera,Medical Superintendent,GMSH-16 said,At present I am not aware of the court orders,but whatever the court will say we will comply by that.