State Has To Compensate Unforeseen Death Or Injury In Govt Hospital Even If There Is No Medical Negligence : Madras High Court

first_imgNews UpdatesState Has To Compensate Unforeseen Death Or Injury In Govt Hospital Even If There Is No Medical Negligence : Madras High Court Radhika Roy26 Feb 2021 8:31 PMShare This – xThe Madras High Court has directed the State of Tamil Nadu to provide a compensation of Rs. 5 lacs to a Dalit Petitioner whose daughter had died as a result of complications that arose after administration of anesthesia in a government hospital A single bench of Justice GR Swaminathan heard the matter and held that, even though there was no medical negligence on behalf of the…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Madras High Court has directed the State of Tamil Nadu to provide a compensation of Rs. 5 lacs to a Dalit Petitioner whose daughter had died as a result of complications that arose after administration of anesthesia in a government hospital A single bench of Justice GR Swaminathan heard the matter and held that, even though there was no medical negligence on behalf of the anesthetist, there exists an obligation on the part of the government to disburse ex-gratia to the affected party if the patient was admitted to a government hospital and suffered an injury or death which is not anticipated to occur in the normal course of events.”When a patient is admitted in a government hospital for treatment and he/she suffers any injury or death which is not anticipated to occur in the normal course of events, even in the absence of medical negligence, the government is obliged to disburse ex-gratia to the affected party”. FACTS OF THE CASE In the instant case, the Petitioner’s daughter, aged 8, was suffering from tonsils and had been admitted at the Government Hospital, Aruppukottai for treatment. She was suggested to undergo surgery, and in that process, was administered anesthesia. Consequently, complications arose and, she was shifted to Rajaji Government Hospital, Madurai wherein she went into coma and eventually passed away. COURT’S OBSERVATIONS The Single-Judge Bench noted that the child had developed complications following the administration of anesthesia and before the surgery could be performed on her, due to which it had been submitted by the Counsel for the Petitioner that there was negligence on behalf of the anesthetist. Stating that medical negligence required factual determination, the Court observed that the drug which had been administered to the child was not an intrinsically dangerous drug, but it could lead to complications for children with mitochondrial diseases. However, it was noted that there was nothing on record to indicate that the deceased child had such a disease which went unnoticed by the doctors. “There are always instances when a drug does not accord with the body of the patient and that leads to unfortunate complications. The case on hand appears to be one such. Therefore, I do not find any ground to hold that the respondent anesthetists have committed any act of medical negligence”. However, even though the Court rejected the allegation of medical negligence, it remarked that the Petitioner belonged to a notified Scheduled Caste community and that the child had been admitted to a government hospital. In this context, the Court held that “when a patient is admitted to a hospital and suffers any injury or death which is not anticipated to occur in the normal course of events, even in the absence of medical negligence, the government is obliged to disburse ex-gratia to the affected party”. The Court registered that the Tamil Nadu has created a corpus fund toward which every Government doctor contributes a certain sum of money, and accordingly directed for the compensation of Rs. 5 lacs to be paid to the Petitioner from this fund within a period of eight weeks from the date of receipt of copy of the instant order. CASE NAME: Tamil Selvi v. State of Tamil Nadu & Ors. CASE NO.: Writ Petition (MD) No. 2721 of 2017 FOR PETITIONER: Mr. R. Karunanidhi FOR RESPONDENTS: Mr. C Ramar for R1 to R7 and R11, Mr. T. Lajapathi Roy for Mr. C. Prithviraj and for R8 to R10.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

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