ALL INDIA ASSOCIATION OF IPs/ASPs, DELHI POSTAL CIRCLE, MEGHDOOT BHAWAN, NEW DELHI-110001
Monday, 16 July 2012
Central Government employee's wife death at CGHS hospital - Apex court orders compensation
Union government has been ordered by the country’s apex consumer panel
to pay Rs 5 lakh as compensation to one of his employees, whose wife had
died of excess bleeding in a CGHS hospital soon after giving birth to a child through cesarean section over 13 years ago.
National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) ordered the
government to pay the compensation, as the woman died of excess bleeding
after surgery with no blood available in blood bank of the Central
Government Health Scheme (CGHS) maternity hospital.
government ordered compensation for the victim’s husband Arvind Pandey
holding the union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the CGHS
director general, the hospital and its doctor who performed the surgery,
jointly liable for damages. The NCDRC held the doctor concerned, Dr
Saran and the CGHS maternity hospital at R K Puram liable to pay damages
saying they “failed to
exercise due care on their part” leading to the death of Pandey’s wife.
“The concerned doctor and the hospital had failed to anticipate
problems arising out of the complications and to take precautionary
measures, such as arranging for the blood or keeping an ambulance ready
for shifting the patient,” the NCDRC bench presided by Justice R C Jain
The NCDRC’s verdict came on Pandey’s complaint alleging
his wife had died right after the delivery through cesarean section due
to negligence of the CGHS maternity hospital and the doctors who were
present during the surgery. The CGHS hospital and the doctors had
contended in their defence that the best possible treatment was given to
Pandey’s wife, who was a high-risk patient, and that he was informed
before hand to arrange blood or blood donors.