MPHRC warns hospital staffs over negligence

12 July, 2016

Shillong, July 12: Expressing serious concern over the increasing numbers of medical negligence cases in the state, all those hospitals, the nursing homes and other connected establishments including doctors, and nurses must take their duty and responsibility seriously failing which “a breach of their duties could fall within the realm of criminal law of negligence and other violations of human rights” warned Meghalaya Peoples Human Rights Council (MPHRC).

“Stating that the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is a fundamental right of every human being, better health outcomes are what matters in the end. But, how they are achieved, and who benefits, are equally important. This is where human rights and the right to health can help” said Dino D.G. Dympep Chairman MPHRC.

“It has been observed that while the percentage of error in government run hospitals is much higher especially in the rural areas there are many private hospitals in the State that are prone to medical negligence. Often cases are not reported, for either the patient is unaware of the medical malpractice and or does not have resources to fight the system” said MPHRC.

Taking serious note to the incident of a woman while delivering a child at the Williamnagar Civil Hospital where it was alleged that the doctors and nurses on duty have failed to help the pregnant mother forcing her to deliver inside the toilet, “the government must strongly institute a high level enquiry in to the matter to ensure that proper justice is administered” said MPHRC.