MALDA: The district consumer forum has directed a senior eye surgeon to pay Rs 3 lakh as compensation within a month to his patient whom he treated wrongly three years back. The judgment came two and a half years after the patient had filed a case. The doctor, however, has the option to appeal to the state consumer forum against the judgment.
It has been learnt that Dr Dipak Chatterjee operated on Mithilesh Saxena on December 7, 2009, in his private clinic to remove cataract from her right eye. But the eye started to bleed after the operation. Ravi Saxena, husband of the patient, took her to an eye treatment centre in Kolkata, where the doctors refused to take the risk of treating her after examining the “vulnerable condition” of the patient.Later, the patient was operated on twice – on December 10 and 12, 2009 – at another eye clinic in Kolkata. Some foreign materials were allegedly found in her eye. On March 4, 2010, Ravi Saxena, the woman’s husband, filed a case against Dr Chatterjee in the district consumer forum, claiming a compensation of Rs 15 lakh. A senior eye-specialist was asked to pay a penalty of Rs 3 lakh by the district consumer forum (DCF). The doctor has been directe to pay the sum within a month to the woman who was ‘a victim of wrong treatment’ as learnt from consumer forum sources. The judges of the DCF, however, in their judgement on 21 September said that Dr Dipak Chatterjee might appeal against the judgment to state consumer forum.