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Malda: THE district consumer forum in South Dinajpur has fined a private nursing home at Balurghat Rs 17.48-lakh in a case of patient death caused by medical negligence.

Heera Choudhury of Fulbari under Gangarampur police station area had undergone a gallbladder surgery at the nursing home on 3 April 2017. She was sent to Malda Medical College and Hospital that day evening as her condition deteriorated soon after the surgery.

With no improvement in her condition, Choudhury was subsequently referred to a Kolkata hospital the next day. Failing all the efforts of her family, the homemaker passed away in Kolkata on 6 April.

Police declined to lodge an FIR against the nursing home by her husband Mitranath Choudhury. This made him move the South Dinajpur District Consumer Forum on 5 May last year holding the nursing home responsible for his wife’s death.

After nearly a year-long hearing, the forum headed by judge Shyamalendu Ghoshal today fined the nursing home Rs 17.48-lakh for causing death by negligence. It has been directed to hand over the amount to the woman’s husband in next one month.