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New Delhi: In a landmark judgement in a case of medical negligence, the Supreme Court on Thursday enhanced compensation paid to US-based NRI Dr Kunal Saha from Rs 1.73 crore to Rs 5.96 crore for the death of his wife at the age 36 in a Kolkata hospital due to maltreatment. Kunal's wife Anuradha had died in 1998. This is the highest damage ever paid in a medical negligence case in India. Kunal said, "In India cases of medical negligence appear in the news every single day but hardly anybody gets justice so the doctors and the hospitals are gaining enormous profit, until and unless they pose a heavy penalty for the loss of innocent patients lives this is not going to stop." The compensation of Rs 5.96 crores is perhaps the highest ever medical compensation in the country, but more importantly with this judgement the apex court has sent out a strong message to the medical community to put its act together or be fined heavily for it. However, experts are wary of it's consequences. Kavita Narayan, hospitals and health systems expert, Public Health Foundation of India, said, "Our fear is that what if the doctors start saying that we will not touch this patient. So we have to take this with a pinch of salt. Its great from a consumer rights stand point but the system should better fix itself quickly." Meanwhile, in another high profile case of medical negligence, Justice JS Verma's family had written to the Prime Minister asking for investigation into the case. At least three private hostals in the Delhi NCR region are being probed.

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