Doctors’ negligence: NHRC orders Rs 1 lakh compensation for woman who delivered baby on hospital verandah

BHUBANESWAR: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has directed chief secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi to pay a monetary compensation of Rs one lakh to a woman, who delivered baby on the verandah of Puri district headquarters hospital in 2013 due to negligence of doctors.

The commission has directed state government to pay compensation amount within eight weeks to the victim Bishnupriya Mohanty, for violation of her human rights by doctors of government run hospital. The state government has been directed to submit a compliance report in the matter.

The direction came in response to a petition filed by a human rights campaigner Subash Mohapatra alleging that victim woman had to deliver baby on hospital’s verandah due to negligence of doctors.

Taking note of the petition, the commission had sought a report from state health and family welfare department on the incident. The health department report also confirmed doctor’s negligence in the incident.

The report cited that Bishnupriya had visited district headquarter hospital in Puri on November 15, 2013 at about 9 a.m. A gynecologist Dr. S.B Patnaik had hastily examined her and could not assess progress of labour pain and time of delivery and discharged the patient at about 10 am. Just 45 minutes after the discharge, the woman delivered baby on the verandah of the hospital only. Both the mother and child were admitted to the hospital and discharged a day later.

The incident had triggered much furore then. The health department report also mentioned that disciplinary proceedings were initiated against two doctor for negligence in duty.

While delivering the order, the commission has observed that “it is really shameful for the entire society that a lady had to deliver child at the verandah of a government hospital. This fact speaks volumes about the violation of human rights of the victim as well as the new born child, by the hospital staff and doctors”.

The NHRC in its December 6 order has directed state government to pay a compensation of Rs 1 lakh to the woman for violation of her human rights by the doctors.

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