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Three doctors face disciplinary action in ‘one of the worst cases of medical negligence in India’

Mumbai: Eight years after a couple lost their baby during delivery at the Thane Civil Hospital, Maharashtra State Human Rights Commission has asked the state government to initiate disciplinary action against three doctors — Dr Anuradha Nandapurkar, Dr S Shinde and Dr Nagarkar — for being “negligent”.

Terming the couple’s ordeal as “one of the worst cases of medical negligence in the country”, the human rights commission has directed the state government to pay the couple a Rs 5-lakh compensation with 12% interest per annum from the time of filing the complaint, reports Mumbai Mirror.

The police complaint filed by the couple — Haresh and Preeti Patil — said that Preeti went into labour on April 30, 2008, and was rushed to Thane Civil Hospital where Dr Nandapurkar, in whose care Preeti was admitted after she went into labour, advised delivery by a caesarean section.

The complaint said that Preeti, then aged just 19, was left unattended for the next four hours, as Dr Nandapurkar allegedly went off to attend to patients at her private clinic. “In the meantime, the baby got stuck during labour and choked to death. Dr Nandapurkar rushed back to the hospital but it was too late. My wife is fortunate to have survived the ordeal,” Haresh Patil said in his complaint.

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