Medical negligence State govt asked to pay Rs 2 lakh ex-gratia to victim

09 November, 2016

BHUBANESWAR: The Odisha Human Rights Commission(OHRC) while hearing a case of medical negligence has asked the state government to pay Rs 2 lakh as compensation to Amarbar Swain of Dhinkia in Jagatsinghpur district for treatment of his son. The child had received serious injury due to mistake in treatment by doctors in 2013. The OHRC has passed this order on November 7 after hearing a petition filed by Amarbar Swain. He had alleged before the commission that the doctors of Biju Memorial Hospital, Paradeep, in Jagatsinghpur district had conducted delivery of his wife on May 30, 2013. During the process, the doctor had pulled out the baby from uterus of Swain's wife by fixing the newborn's head with a clamp in a faulty manner, for which the baby-boy received serious head injury, he added.



The petitioner has specifically alleged that the new-born baby has become permanently crippled due to carelessness and negligence of the doctors of the hospital. He has spent a huge amount of money, Rs 2.68 lakh, for the treatment of his child, Swain said. Keeping Swain's financial and mental condition in mind since the birth of their son, Omkar, the commission felt that the couple deserves some compensation as the treatment and care of his disabled son is a huge liability upon him. After hearing both the sides in different hearings, the rights body recommended that the state will pay Rs 2 lakh to the petitioner within eight weeks and a compliance report be sent to the commission for its record. This order will be communicated to the health secretary and chief district medical officer, Jagatsinghpur, for appropriate action in the matter. The next hearing of the case will be held on January 23 next year, said the OHRC sources.