Rs 28 Lakhs to be paid by tamil Nadi State Government on account of Medical Negligence
Liberty with the Government to recover said Amount from doctors and staff involved in the case
Tamil Nadu: The Madurai Bench of the Madras high court, has come down hard on the provision of medical services in the government hospitals in the state ordering the state government to pay Rs 28.37 lakh on account of the medical negligence case at a government facility. What is also a first that the judge gave liberty to the State Government to recover the compensation amount from the doctors and hospital staff concerned, reports Hindu.
The state government has been directed to pay the compensation to the family of Rukmani, 34, who died at the Government Nagercoil Medical College and Hospital in Asaripallam in Kanyakumari district due to medical negligence.
The case goes back to year 2011, when Rukmani, a tailor by profession was admitted tubectomy at the said hospital. Unfortunately she was administered nitrous oxide, instead of oxygen, which led to heavy blood loss, following which she was immediately referred to Government Rajaji Hospital in Madurai.
During the course, her husband filed a petition before the high court bench seeking better treatment. The court in turn directed the woman to be admitted to the Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore. However, the government preferred an appeal against the order. The appeal was dismissed on February 10, 2012, following which she was admitted to CMC on February 12. Subsequently, she died on May 4 that year report TOI.
When the deceased husband went to the court seeking compensation, the court immediately observed”The state was not fair to the patient as well as the petitioner. The division bench which dismissed the appeal made a clear finding with regard to the negligence suffered by the patient at the hospital. But the state has not challenged the finding. It did not file counter to the present petition. Therefore, it is not necessary for the petitioner to prove the negligence of the authorities at the hospital.”