n18
NEWS|Current Affairs 
   |

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.

Islamic State execute soldiers, takes hostages at captured Syrian air base

from firstpost

Islamic State execute soldiers, takes hostages at captured Syrian air base

Beirut: Islamic State militants have executed Syrian army soldiers and are holding a group of them hostage after capturing an air base in northeast Syria at the weekend, pictures posted on the Interne...


Iran congratulates Hamas over Gaza war 'victory'

from firstpost

Iran congratulates Hamas over Gaza war 'victory'

Tehran: Iran said on Wednesday that Palestinian militants had emerged the victors and brought their Israeli foe "to its knees" during the bloody 50-day Gaza conflict."The heroic Palesti...

Japenese PM sent prayer note to ceremony honouring war criminals

from firstpost

Japenese PM sent prayer note to ceremony honouring war criminals

Tokyo: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe earlier this year sent a note to a temple ceremony honouring hundreds of World War II-era war criminals praising their contributions to the country, a top gov...

Taliban will 'test Afghanistan' after US withdraws troops: US commander

from firstpost

Taliban will 'test Afghanistan' after US withdraws troops: US commander

Kabul: Afghanistan's election stalemate this summer hurt progress in training the country's military, and resolving the political chaos will be key to that military's success in 2015, Marine Gen. Jose...

Three-day talks between India, Pak on hydro-power end inconclusively

from firstpost

Three-day talks between India, Pak on hydro-power end inconclusively

Lahore: The three-day talks between India and Pakistan in Lahore over designs of Kishan Ganga Dam and four other hydroelectric power projects at the Jhelum and the Chenab rivers respectively has ended...

Aus stations counterterrorism units at airports as Islamic State threat grows

from firstpost

Aus stations counterterrorism units at airports as Islamic State threat grows

Canberra, Australia: New counterterrorism units have been working at Australia's two largest airports since last week and had already intercepted a person of interest, the prime minister said Wednesda...

Gaza ceasefire holds as Israel, Hamas evaluate outcome of the war

from firstpost

Gaza ceasefire holds as Israel, Hamas evaluate outcome of the war

Jerusalem: An open-ended ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip was holding Wednesday, as many people on both sides of the conflict wondered what was gained during 50 day...