Medical negligence Doc, staff asked to pay 50K compensation

06 February, 2017

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Kerala State Human Rights Commission on Sunday directed the Health Department to provide `50,000 as compensation to a patient after a group of doctors left behind a surgical instrument in her abdomen.

The incident took place on August 15 last year when a woman named Laila Beevi underwent a hysterectomy at the District Hospital at Nedumangad here. But hours after the surgery, the hospital staff, while taking count of the instruments, realised that a towel clip was missing.

The commission ordered the Health Department to recover the compensation from the doctor who supervised the surgery as well as the doctors and nurses who were involved in the procedure. It also asked the Health Department secretary to ensure that disciplinary action was taken against those responsible for the incident. Commission acting chairperson P Mohana Das instructed the department to ensure that Laila, a resident of Tholicode near Nedumangad, was paid the compensation within two months and asked the secretary to report back to the commission once the amount was paid.

Earlier, Mohana Das had sought explanation from the hospital staff involved in the incident, during which time the District Hospital superintendent had said the hospital staff had only realised that an instrument was missing after the surgical incision was stitched back.
The patient had then undergone a scanning during which the instrument was found in her abdomen. She was then shifted to the Government MCH where a second surgery was done to retrieve the instrument from the body.