Doctor seeks Rs 20 crore in damages from West Bengal medical
A neurologist has served a legal notice on the West Bengal Medical Council (WBMC), asking it to pay Rs 20 crore for defamation, Rs 60 lakh compensation for loss of income and 7 lakhs for legal cost. The council had barred the doctor from practicing for a year in 2017, holding him guilty of medical negligence while treating a patient in Durgapur. But the Supreme Court set aside WBMC’s verdict in February 2019, exonerating him of the charge. Sources in WBMC said this was the first time the council has received a legal notice for defamation and compensation.

The council had suspended neurologist Snigdhendu Ghosh’s registration in July 2017 for one year while pronouncing him guilty of medical negligence in a 2010 case. Challenging the WBMC, Ghosh moved the Calcutta HC which, in turn, quashed the council’s verdict, asking it to reinstate the doctor’s registration.

The council, however, filed an SLP at the SC. The apex court too exonerated Ghosh on February 20, 2019, upholding the Calcutta HC judgement passed of 19 July 2018. The HC, while delivering its verdict, had also observed that Gosh could petition for compensation for the time he could not pursue his profession. Ghosh could not practice for 11 months.

“I will wait for two months for the council to respond to the legal notice. If they fail to respond, I will file a defamation suit and also seek other damages,” said Ghosh, who now heads the neurology department at Mission Hospital, Durgapur.