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15 Dec 2019, 13:26 HRS IST
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  • HC asks Kolkata hospital to compensate kin of girl who died

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17:8 HRS IST

after 'botched up' operation

Kolkata, Dec 2 (PTI)
The Calcutta High Court on Monday directed a private super-specialty hospital here to pay Rs 5 lakh as compensation to the family of a girl who died following a "botched up" operation.

Upholding an order of compensation of Rs 5 lakh given by the West Bengal Health Commission, Justice Sabyasachi Bhattacharya directed the hospital authorities to pay the family within 15 days.

The 14-year old girl was admitted to the hospital in the south-eastern part of the city for a gallbladder stone operation on March 18.

She died two months after the medical procedure.

Alleging that she died due to a botched up operation at the hospital, the family of the girl moved the West Bengal Health Commission.

After hearing both the parties, the commission awarded a compensation of Rs 5 lakh.

Challenging the directions, the hospital authorities moved the high court, claiming that the commission has no power to order a compensation.

The high court upheld the commission's order, while noting that it has the authority to award compensation of up to Rs 50 lakh.

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