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Govt admits to ‘failure’ in preventing man’s death,promises treatment for all

Denied treatment by three state government hospitals,40-year-old Rambhor breathed his last around 5.15 am on November 30 last year.

Denied treatment by three state government hospitals,40-year-old Rambhor breathed his last around 5.15 am on November 30 last year. A month later,the Delhi government has said it will ensure that no accident victim is denied treatment by an hospital for any reason whatsoever.

Admitting to the “systematic and human failure” which resulted in the death,standing counsel for the Delhi government Najmi Waziri informed the Delhi High Court on Wednesday that the government has issued strict directives to all the hospitals that they have to provide treatment to whoever comes to them,and no person shall be refused immediate medical care and first aid.

Waziri told a Division Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra that the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has communicated stringent orders to the medical superintendents of all the hospitals,and is conducting a detailed inquiry into the incident. “Preliminary inquiry showed there were human and administrative failures resulting in the tragic loss of a life,” the affidavit read.

Charging the erring doctors of negligence,the affidavit stated that the incident had occurred due to “dereliction of duty” on the part of certain doctors,and departmental proceedings have been recommended against them.

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The government,according to Waziri,has also told the hospitals to comply with the Supreme Court’s directive in the matter,instructing all hospitals to provide emergency treatment to all injured persons reaching their doorstep and developing the patient referral system.

Justice Misra noted that the city must have a hospital network of the kind where such incidents are not repeated,and the Central government should also ponder over the issue at the national level. The court then directed the government to pay Rs 3 lakh as interim compensation to the family of Rambhor,a grocer,saying the final amount of aid would be decided at a later stage.

The victim,after being hit by a speeding vehicle near Azadpur Mandi on the intervening night of November 29-30 last year,was shifted from one hospital to another in an ambulance for more than four hours for want of a bed.

First published on: 13-01-2011 at 01:14:14 am
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