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Transfusion of wrong blood leads to death, doctor asked to pay Rs5.38 lakh

The National Consumer Forum held Kolkata-based Dr Sunil Thakur guilty of medical negligence for 'accepting and transfusing a blood group' which was different from that of the patient

New Delhi: A Kolkata-based doctor has been directed by the apex consumer commission to pay Rs5.38 lakh to the son of a patient who died after he was given transfusion of a wrong blood type during surgery 12 years ago, reports PTI.


The National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) gave the direction while dismissing the doctor's appeal against the decision of the West Bengal State Consumer Commission which had held him guilty of medical negligence for "accepting and transfusing a blood group" which was different from that of the patient.


It noted that the patient's blood group was A+, while he was given B+ blood.


The state commission had directed Dr Sunil Thakur to pay Rs5.28 lakh as compensation and Rs10,000 as cost to the patient's son.


The NCDRC while upholding the state commission's decision observed that the blood specimen sent to the blood bank by Dr Thakur did not match that of the patient due to which a different blood group was given to him leading to "serious complications", relating to his liver and kidney functions, "which contributed to his death".


"Keeping in view the facts in this case, .... we agree with the finding of the state commission that the appellant (Dr Thakur) was guilty of medical negligence and uphold the same. This first appeal having no merit is dismissed.


"Appellant is directed to comply with the order passed by the state commission and pay the awarded amount of Rs5.38 lakh (i.e. Rs5.28 lakh as compensation and Rs10,000 as cost) to respondent 1 (deceased's son)," the bench presided by Justice Ashok Bhan said.


The NCDRC also dismissed as "unacceptable" the doctor's contention that he was not responsible for arranging the blood saying "he had admittedly signed the requisition slip sent to the blood bank enclosing with it a wrong specimen of blood".


The state commission's order had come on the plea of Gorachand Goswami whose father Manick Lal Goswami had been admitted to the nursing home in West Bengal where Dr Thakur worked as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon.


Gorachand in his complaint had alleged that his father was admitted in the nursing home for undergoing surgery for a fractured femur on the instructions of the doctor.


He had also alleged that soon after the blood transfusion, his father had started frothing from the mouth and complained of difficulty in breathing and began shivering.


The patient was then shifted to the Calcutta Medical Research Institute (CMRI), where he underwent dialysis, but his condition deteriorated and despite being put on a ventilator he passed away on 1 December 2000.


As per the death certificate issued by CMRI, one of causes of death was attributed to the "history of mismatched blood transfusion", Gorachand had said in his plea.


Debt mutual funds stand to gain from declining rates: Experts

Mutual fund experts are of opinion that investors should move part of their assets into income funds to benefit from a falling interest rate scenario

New Delhi: Following Reserve Bank of India (RBI)'s decision to lower its key rates for first time after nine months and hopes for further cuts in coming months, mutual fund (MF) experts are of opinion that investors should move part of their assets into income funds to benefit from a falling interest rate scenario, reports PTI.


Income funds are mutual fund schemes that emphasise on current income, either on a monthly or quarterly basis by investing in government as well as corporate debt securities.


"Investors should consider investing in income funds with long duration to benefit from the possible decline in interest rates in the next three months," said Dhawal Dalal, Executive Vice President and Head of Fixed Income at DSP BlackRock Investment Managers.


After a long gap of nine months, RBI on Tuesday reduced the short-term lending rate by 0.25% and decided to release Rs18,000 crore of primary liquidity.


Arvind Chari, Senior Fund Manager (Fixed Income) at Quantum Asset Management Company said: "We expect 10 year bond yields to remain range bound in February and move lower towards the March policy in expectation of the rate cut in the March quarterly review."


The 0.25% CRR cut and government spending would address the liquidity tightness and further tightness would be addressed through Open Market Operations (OMOs), he added.


Lakshmi Iyer, Senior Vice President and Head, Fixed Income, Kotak Mutual Fund said: "While the 25 bps cut in repo was expected, its realisation has provided a palpable relief to the markets...We may continue to see further rate reversion going forward, so as to better measure the fiscal impact on the economy."


LIC Nomura MF to launch RGESS on 11th February

LIC Nomura Mutual Fund would launch Rajiv Gandhi Equity Savings Scheme on 11 February 2013

Mumbai: LIC Nomura Mutual Fund has received approval from the market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) to launch Rajiv Gandhi Equity Savings Scheme (RGESS) and will launch it on 11th February, reports PTI.


"We are launching the Rajiv Gandhi Equity Savings Scheme (RGESS) on 11th February and will be open till 25th February," its Chief Executive and Director Nilesh Sathe said in a release.


RGESS, announced in the last Budget, seeks to provide tax benefits to first-time investors in the stock market.


Under the scheme, an individual with an income of up to Rs10 lakh would get tax incentives for investing up to Rs50,000.


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