Lahore: Doctor told to pay Rs500,000 in damages
LAHORE: The Consumer Court on Thursday directed a doctor to pay Rs500,000 as compensation for providing the petitioner a faulty report stating that the petitioner was suffering from Hepatitis C (Anti-HCV).
The petition was filed by Osama Shahid on July 1, 2009 in which he said that due to the wrong medical report given by Dr Shamshad Hussain Syed, chief physician at the Canal View Diagnostic Centre in Muslim Town, he lost a job opportunity abroad.
Shahid said that after receiving a job offer from a Saudi company, he went to the diagnostic centre to get tested for hepatitis, a mandatory requirement of the company.
He said that the medical report issued by the centre showed him to be anti-HCV reactive due to which he was declared unfit for the job.
He said that upon the advice of a friend, he got himself re-tested in Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Research Hospital on February 25, 2009; Aga Khan University Hospital on April 5, 2009; Taj Medical Centre Karachi on April 5, 2009; Taj Medical Travellers Clinic in Lahore on May 15, 2009; and pathological laboratory of KEMC/Mayo Hospital. The medical reports from these laboratories, he said, showed him anti-HCV non-reactive.
He alleged that the respondent’s faulty report not only caused him to lose a job opportunity but also caused him trauma. He said that the faulty report had destroyed his ‘bright career’ and caused him an irreparable financial loss.
In an earlier hearing, the judge had directed the complainant to get re-examined at Zeenat laboratory, where the medical report also came out to be anti-HCV non-reactive.
He asked the court to direct the respondent to pay him Rs20,000,000 as compensation and damages for destroying his career. The judge in the final hearing directed the respondent to pay Rs500,000 in damages to the complainant.