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Date posted: February 19, 2013

New Delhi: The National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) has held a Delhi-based eye surgeon guilty of “limited medical negligence” for verbally advising, instead of prescribing in writing, the use of eye drops to a patient who lost his vision following its prolonged application.

The NCDRC on January 16 upheld an order of the Delhi consumer commission that directed Dr Vivek Pal to pay the patient, Delhi-based Devinder Singh Gupta, compensation of Rs 50,000. The case dates to June 1993.

In its decision, the apex body faulted the eye surgeon for not spelling out in writing the “dosage and duration of the medicine”. And at the same time, it blamed Gupta for not turning up for follow-ups and for continuing the drops despite being provided just one vial by the doctor. Source : TIO

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