Tripura HC orders Rs 10 lakh compensation for medical negligence in lawyer's death
Agartala: The Tripura High Court has ordered a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the mother of advocate Bhaskar Debroy, who died due to medical negligence at the Gobind Ballabh Pant (GBP) hospital on March 8 last year.
The division bench comprising Chief Justice AK Kureshi and Justice SG Chattopadhyay was hearing a petition filed by advocate Pulak Saha who had accused the police and hospital staff hand-in-glove in denial to cover up ‘system failure.'
Debroy’s motorcycle had met with an accident on March 7, 2020. He was rescued by the fire and emergency service in the night hours and rushed to GBP hospital, where he succumbed on March 8.
However, the family members and a few other lawyers came to know about his death in the morning, and when they tried to file an FIR, the police denied.
Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb had visited the bereaved family members. He ordered a probe to check of negligences on the part of doctors while the young lawyer was under treatment at GBP hospital prior to his death.
“A medical audit team looked into all clinical aspects leading to an untimely death. The medical audit team found that Debroy had 17 serious and critical injuries, and he died due to not getting proper treatment," Purushottam Roy Barman said.
During its inquiry, the medical team recorded the statements of more than 15 medical staff. Two doctors were found responsible for medical negligence for not providing the services to the deceased.
The audit team had also proposed to suspend two doctors for alleged medical negligence on duty that led to the advocate's death.
“We had demanded compensation for the family of the slain in a petition moved in the HC. After hearing the case, the division bench has ordered the state to pay an immediate compensation amount of Rs 10 lakh to the mother of the deceased”, Roy Barman added.
He also said that the case would continue if the mother wishes to move in the civil court demanding further compensation. The amount could be adjusted as per the High Court's compensation.
“The HC order has revealed the poor health facility and said that the state can't get away from the responsibility for the death of the person due to medical negligence. There was a gross violation of the right to life," Roy Barman said.