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Faulty hip implant victims seek more compensation

Faulty hip implant victims seek more compensation
January 18
13:38 2019

NEW DELHI: Victims of the faulty hip implants made by the Johnson and Johnson subsidiary DePuy International have met the expert committee formed by the Centre, which has devised the compensation formula for them, for the first time and demanded a review of the plan citing various shortcomings.

The patients and members of the Hip Implant Patients Support Group (HIPS), who have come here from across the country, also demanded that the compensation be accompanied with prosecution and accountability of Johnson and Johnson.

Meanwhile, representatives of the Johnson and Johnson also met with the central committee headed by Dr R K Arya.

The compensation formula which was approved in November last year had drawn ire from the patients and their family members, who asked the Union Health Ministry to involve them in the entire process so that they receive a “fair” compensation.

The meeting has come after months of letters and demands by the HIPS that the government meet them and understand the full extent of the damage done by the faulty hip implants.

Some of the deficiencies, mentioned by the victims, relate to the exclusion of patients such as those who have died, cases of multiple implants and issues related to the non-pecuniary component.

Vijay Anant Vojhala, an affected patient complained that the current central committee completely ignored the component of medical management of affected patients despite recommendations of a previous expert committee set up last year to look into this issue.

“Also, we apprised the committee about the patients not being offered life insurances and health insurances,” Vojhala said, adding that the entire compensation formula is full of ambiguities. PTI
Around 40 patients also alleged that the committee only consulted with Johnson and Johnson representatives during the process, while patients were sidelined. They expressed unhappiness over the compensation amount being low as compared to the international standards.

“Many of our members are in the consumer court or in other forums, demanding justice from J&J and the government. We will continue our efforts on all fronts. We have made it clear to the government and the central expert committee that compensation is only one part of our battle. We will not rest till J&J is investigated, prosecuted and held accountable for their criminal negligence and actions that have left us disabled, in pain and with life long suffering,” Vojhala, a resident of Mumbai, added. PTI

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