Delay in Eye surgery after accident: Consumer forum absolves hospital, ophthalmologists of negligence
Kerala: Upholding the expert opinion in the case, the Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission, Kannur has dismissed medical negligence charges against an eye hospital and 2 ophthalmologists. The doctors had treated the patient who suffered the penetration of a metal tool into his right eye and lost the eye in the treatment process.
In his complaint, the patient had alleged that there was a delay in treatment and gross negligence on part of the doctors and the hospital and as a result, the infection spread through his eye and he lost his vision of the right eye. However, the committee refused to accept that the patient lost his right eye due to the deficiency of the authorities and observed that the patient was properly treated with topical and systemic antibiotics.
So we could not come to a conclusion that Ops 1&2 did not follow and adopt adequate normal procedure before arriving at a diagnosis. So the decision produced from the complainant's side cannot be taken into account. The law is that if a medical practitioner is acted in accordance with the practice accepted by the profession he cannot be hold negligent.
"The expert committee did not find the Ops guilty of committing medical negligence. Since the opinion of the Expert Committee is available on record, we have to go by the Expert committee report unless there are good enough reasons to disagree with the expert committee report. We cannot substantiate our own views over that of specialists because we are not expert in medical science."