HC orders inquiry into death of two kids due to medical negligence

01 July, 2016

The Madhya Pradesh High Court's Indore bench today directed the state government to form a three-member committee to look into the death of two children who were given an anaesthetic agent instead of oxygen at the Maharaja Yashwantrao Hospital here.

The bench of acting Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Vivek Rusia said the committee shall have a retired district judge, a representative of the Union Health Department and the dean of Bhopal Government Medical College.

The court was hearing three PILs on the issue.

Advocate Manish Yadav, representing Pramod Tiwari, one of the petitioners, said the committee would have to submit its report within two months as per the HC order.

The PILs have sought criminal proceedings against officers of the state health department who were responsible for the mix-up and compensation to the family members of two children.

A pipeline which was supposed to supply oxygen to patients in the newly-built operation theatre at the government-run MY Hospital here was carrying nitrous oxide, an anaesthetic agent.

This led to deaths of Ayush (5) and Rajveer (1) on May 27 and 29, respectively.