Mere fact that doctor went abroad cannot lead to medical negligence: SC

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New Delhi, Nov 30 (PTI) A medical professional has to upgrade himself with the latest development in his field which may require him to attend conferences held both in and outside the country and the mere fact that the doctor had gone abroad cannot lead to an inference of medical negligence, the Supreme Court on Tuesday said.

A bench of Justices Hemant Gupta and V Ramasubramanian observed while setting aside an order of the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission which had directed the Bombay Hospital and Medical Research Centre and a doctor to pay a sum of Rs. 14.18 lakh along with interest to the legal heirs of the deceased.

The top court said it does not find that the basis of finding the doctor negligent in providing medical care is sustainable as there are both legal and factual errors in the findings recorded by the Commission.