Schizophrenia patient dies due to lack of care: WB Regulatory Commission directs Mental health facility to pay Rs 10.5 Lakh compensation
West Bengal: A Mental health Centre has been directed to pay a compensation of Rs 10.5 lakhs by the West Bengal Clinical Establishment Regulatory Commission (WBCERC) after the commission held that the facility had failed to provide proper health treatment to the Schizophrenia patient.
The commission noted that just before passing away, the patient's blood sugar levels were far beyond the normal range but the required amount of insulin was not administered.
Ray, the managing director of Baul Mon, said that they would appeal against the order. "When the patient was brought to us in October, he was in a very bad mental state. He recovered very well. In between he had tuberculosis and recovered from it. We had repeatedly told his attendant to take him out of our facility and admit him to a hospital to treat his diabetes. But that person could not do that. There was no one from the patient's family who would stay in touch. We did the best we could. We were not negligent in any way," said Ray, as quoted by the Telegraph