Doctor cannot be held responsible for Shortage of Blood, holds Court
The doctor challenging the said judgment approached the State Consumer Commission. Responding to the allegations of the patient’s family, he said that after the woman delivered a baby, her family members insisted on her discharge and took her to home. However, they brought her back because she continued to bleed. Her blood group was 'O' positive and the hospital did not have blood of that group available then. The hospital asked the family members to arrange for the blood from elsewhere,, but by the time, they brought back the blood, the patient had died.
After going through the submissions, the court quashed the order of the district court, absolving the doctor of medical negligence stating
Failure to keep blood bottles ready in a hospital situated at small place, which is hardly expected to have such kind of infrastructure, cannot be readily accepted as a ground for negligence."