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PBT President Wins Case for a Victim of Medical Negligence In a Remote Village In West Bengal

District Consumer Court in Bankura (230 km from Kolkata) has held a surgeon (Dr. Mrintyunjoy Pal) and Panacea Hospital guilty for deficiency of service and awarded Rs. 2.1 lakh compensation today to a primary school teacher (Mr. Tapan Sarkar).  What is unique in this case is that PBT president, Dr. Kunal Saha, who is a medical doctor and not a licensed advocate, personally appeared and argued for Mr. Sarkar during his trip to India last month.  The consumer court has directed the guilty hospital/doctor to pay the compensation within two months failing which 9% interest would be added.  Mr. Sarkar was suffering from pain in the rectum and anal area for which Dr. Pal advised quick surgery.  But instead of curing the condition, patient’s problems were aggravated for which he had to rush to a hospital in Chennai for a second surgery.  The court has found the surgeon and hospital guilty on several counts including failure to record vital signs, using invalid informed consent and not issuing proper discharge certificate.  Dr. Saha strongly argued on the deficiency of services by the accused doctor and hospital.  Dr. Saha also personally argued (for wrongful death of his wife, Anuradha) before the Supreme Court of India in 2009 and again in 2013 when he was awarded highest-ever compensation in Indian medico-legal history.  There is no doubt that today’s verdict by the Consumer Court in Bankura will bring a ray of hope for all victims of medical negligence.  PBT will continue to help the numerous victims of alleged “medical negligence” from all parts of India who have come to PBT in their quest for justice.

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  • Asit Paul January 23, 2015, 1:44 am

    It’s a great great help.

  • jayant Dagore January 23, 2015, 9:23 am

    All i requested if some one can provide me the contact phone number and address of Dr.Kunal Saha,so i can communicate with him directly.I live in Australia and would like to discuss some important issues with Dr.Saha.
    Thanks,
    jayant

    • pbtindia January 23, 2015, 10:36 am

      Dr. Kunal Saha contact information in USA can be seen under “Our People” tab at this web home page.

      PBT Information Desk

  • Maj Pankaj Rai (Retd) January 23, 2015, 9:35 am

    Bravo! The President’s initiative is commendable. More so when he himself is a doctor and never fails to raise his voice when the license to heal is abused.

  • Vijaya January 23, 2015, 12:58 pm

    Congratulations to Dr. Saha.
    I would like to communicate with Dr Saha also. I have written a few times to all the email ids available on this site but so far there has been no response. I would really appreciate if there was a forum where one could discuss one’s troubles in our attempt to get justice. It has been almost 9 years and I don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. The legal system has been dreadfully slow in my case. It might help if I could discuss with Dr Saha how to navigate this mire.

    • pbtindia January 23, 2015, 7:05 pm

      We are sorry that you did not receive any response in the past. Please write again to all 3 emails: 1) anku1@earthlink.net; 2) anku@aol.com; 3) pbtindia2012@gmail.com. Someone will get back to you. Dr. Saha has been extremely busy as you can imagine. Living in USA, he has been trying to fight against the massively corrupt healthcare system in India. But he always tries to get back to all the victims. PBT has been swamped with requests for justice from countless victims of medical negligence but we will get back to you. Please bear with us. You may also try to call the telephone numbers listed under “Our People”. Thank you.

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  • Ganesh C Mandal January 26, 2015, 2:23 pm

    PBT is doing very good work for the helpless people who are neglected by the doctors in the remote village in West Bengal. Really it is very helpful to the suffereres. Thanks Dr. Saha for his hard work.

  • Ilyas January 27, 2015, 5:58 am

    I appeal PBT to look into an important issue. MCI has been extremely reluctant to provide vital information in regards to their decisions on various medical negligence cases through their minutes of ethics meetings, which they have uploaded till May-2013. After 1.5years till today they have not uploaded minutes of ethics meetings on their portal. Please Dr. Saha or Mr. Mihir do something to get these minutes online since they are very important for medical negligence victims to know MCI decisions on multiple negligence cases under scrutiny. Thanks!

  • Chetan January 28, 2015, 1:19 am

    Thanks Dr.Kunal Saha, its really a great help to the victim. As myself a victim I can realize the importance of help of a doctor in the case otherwise I have found doctors united to save their community from any allegation thus limiting themselves to accept their mistakes and improve on it.

  • ajeyaverma January 28, 2015, 1:31 am

    Kudos to Dr Crusader Kunal Saha. He is really devoted. Thanks

  • Saileswar Chakrabarti January 29, 2015, 1:36 am

    Congratulations for your series of victories with your expertise, professional experience, indomitable spirit, patience and perseverance and all other qualities required for achieving success. It is certain all victims of medical and legal negligence, unethical and corrupt practices, professional misconducts, etc. would continue to get your such help always.

  • Abhijit January 30, 2015, 10:55 am

    Congrats on the win. Even I am in preliminary stage of my medical negligence case. Tried hard to get response from pbt emails listed in website,unfortunately I never received any response even after couple of emails.

    I was looking for an expert advise which ultimately I had to rely on google.

  • Col C R Chitti Babu (Retd) January 31, 2015, 2:30 am

    I appreciate Dr. Kunal Saha for his honest efforts in finding solace and mitigating the financial burden of the victims of medical negligence caused due to the callousness of the doctors’ fraternity.
    My daughter Ms Neena Naidu, 36 years who underwent Laparoscopic Cholengiography at Jehangir hospital in Pune in December2011 had to suffer severe physical, mental and financial trauma. She had come with her husband from Atlanta, USA on a visit to us in Pune. We had to evacuate her to Emory Health Care hospital in Atlanta in January 2012 to save her life. She survived and to our horror it was revealed that the Pune surgeons had cut the right hepatic artery (Bismuth Type III) and also caused injury to the Bile Duct resulting in bile leakage. They had suppressed this from us.
    Medical negligence case was filed against the hospital and doctors involved in December 2013 in consumer court at the State Commission, Mumbai and was admitted on 28-1-2015 by the Hon’ble judge against the hospital and two doctors.
    I had written to you almost a year ago but did not get any response. I need PBT and Dr. Kunal Saha to help my family to receive justice and penalise the respondents. We shall be grateful for your guidance.

    • Col C R Chitti Babu (Retd) February 7, 2015, 1:22 pm

      In Para 2 of my comment dated January 31, 2015, for ‘Cholengiography’ read ‘ Cholecystectomy’. Help from others who have faced similar harm from hospitals and doctors and got favorable judgements from courts will be highly appreciated. My mail ID is chitti_cr@yahoo.co.in and contact number is 9970718321(Pune)

  • Seshadri R February 3, 2015, 6:32 am

    It is great job and help to needy people. Request PBT to continue their good job.