A doctor was slapped with a fine of Rs12,000 by a consumer court in Mysuru for deficiency of service.
Puttaningamma, a resident of Mysore, approached a doctor as she was suffering from severe back pain. Her consultant doctor prescribed her to take ten injections from a doctor near her residence.
Puttaningamma approached Dr SD Nagaraju's Janapriya clinic, located at Rajendranagara of Mysore, as advised. She was administered three injections at the clinic by Dr Nagaraju. But on the third day, Puttaningamma was laid low with severe pain and a swelling on her left gluteal region was also detected. Afraid, she returned to her consultant doctor and explained about the new problem.
After examining her, the doctor informed Puttaningamma that the injections prescribed were correct but the method adopted for administering them was faulty.
Alleging that it was a case medical negligence, Puttaningamma knocked the doors of Mysuru district consumer forum. She also lodges a complaint with the police, District Health Officer and Doctor's Association to know the authenticity of Dr Nagaraju who had administered the injections.
The District Health Officer report confirmed that Dr Nagaraju had obtained homeopathy medicine certification but lacked an appropriate licence from the concerned authority to practice the same.
Citing it as a case of deficiency of service, the Consumer Forum directed Dr Nagaraju to pay Rs 10,000 as compensation for negligence and causing mental agony. The forum also slapped Rs2,000 fine towards litigation expenses.