KeSCPCR slaps Rs 3 lakh fine on health officials

12 May, 2016

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In a case of alleged medical negligence that claimed the life of a seven-year old child, Kerala State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (KeSCPCR) has directed the officials of the health department to grant an immediate compensation relief of Rs 3 lakh to the family of the deceased child.


The division bench led by its chairperson Shobha Koshy with members Glory George and J Sandhya has called for immediate action. 


A resident of Kaniyararm at Mananthavady in Wayanad, seven-year old Devika had lost her life due to medical negligence at the district hospital in Mananthavady. Relating to the child's death, a probe has to be conducted at the department level to identify those behind medical negligence and action should be taken against them by withdrawing the amount due for grant relief to the family of the deceased child, said KeSCPCR chairperson Shoba Koshy.


The commission has directed the health department director to provide training to handle emergencies to the staff including doctors at the paediatric ward of Mananthavady district hospital.


The compensation relief to the affected child's family is based on the commission's review that timely intervention and appropriate treatment in a proper manner could have helped save a precious life. The commission also cited the Supreme Court ruling that in case of a patient's treatment, their right to care, attention and medical ethics should be ensured in letter and spirit.