Delhi State Commission holds no medical negligence in ESWL procedure, exonerates Ganga Ram Hospital, Urologist
New Delhi: The Delhi State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission recently exonerated Sir Ganga Ram Hospital and its Urologist Dr Chaddha from charges of medical negligence while performing Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (ESWL).Taking note of the fact that the sole basis of the complaint lied on the fact that the treatment was not successful, the Commission gave clean chit to both...
New Delhi: The Delhi State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission recently exonerated Sir Ganga Ram Hospital and its Urologist Dr Chaddha from charges of medical negligence while performing Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (ESWL).
Taking note of the fact that the sole basis of the complaint lied on the fact that the treatment was not successful, the Commission gave clean chit to both the hospital and doctor and observed, "In the present case also, the only allegation against the Opposite Parties is that the treatment given by them was not successful, for which the Complainant had to consult another hospital (RG Stone) for the removal of the Kidney Stones. However, this alone cannot be a ground for holding the Opposite Parties liable for Medical Negligence since sometimes despite the best efforts, the patient may not favourably respond to a treatment given by doctor, due to which the treatment of a doctor may fail."
The history of the case dated back to 2010 when the complainant was diagnosed with kidney stones and approached Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in Delhi. Consequently, the Senior urologist examined the complainant and prescribed some tests. The reports revealed that the complainant had stone in Kidney measuring 9 mm in prominent renal pelvis.
Following this, the complainant was treated by using the "Double-J stenting followed by Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (ESWL)", where, a total of 3500 shocks were given at variable intensity level. Therefore the patient was discharged on the same day and paid Rs 35, 938 for treatment purpose.
However, at night, he suffered from severe pain, vomiting, fever etc. and consulted the urologist for remedy. The doctor admitted the patient for bladder waste removal charging Rs 4000 to the patient. The treatment continued and the Double J stent was removed. despite the treatment, the stone remained and condition of the complainant deteriorated leading to immense pain.
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