Agartala, Sept. 11: Tripura High Court Chief Justice Deepak Gupta has directed senior-most health officials of the state, including chief secretary S.K. Panda, to furnish reply to four queries in exercise of their powers under Article 226 of the Constitution.
The Chief Justice took suo moto cognisance of an incident in which Prashanta Das, 27, son of widow Marulata Das, allegedly died without treatment in Agartala’s GB Hospital in July this year.
The queries made by the Chief Justice to the chief secretary are:
a) Whether he knows anything about the incident and about the action taken?
b) Whether health services in the hospital suffer because of private practice of doctors and what action has been taken to keep services efficient?
c) How many doctors in GB Hospital have been proceeded against for dereliction of duty over the past three years?
d) What is the system of doctors’ duties in GB Hospital and other leading hospitals of the state?
While issuing the notice after taking up the case on the basis of a local newspaper report, Justice Gupta directed the chief secretary, health secretary, director of health, superintendents of GB Hospital and IGM Hospital, the principal of government-run Agartala government medical college and the director of vigilance to furnish their replies on September 24 by way of affidavits, exempting only the chief secretary from personal appearance.
Justice Gupta also made it clear that no excuses or pretexts for non-appearance will be entertained and in case of any problem in appearing, the matter will have to be brought to the notice of the high court in the form of an appeal on September 16.
Sources in the high court here said Prashanta of Belonia subdivisonal town had fever and was admitted to the subdivisonal hospital there on July 21. On the doctors’ advice, he was brought to Agartala and admitted to GB Hospital on July 22 evening.
However, no doctor attended him at night. Following desperate pleas by his mother, a nurse administered injections to Prashanta around 2am. But his condition continued to deteriorate.
Early in the morning, a junior doctor came to see Prashanta and declared him dead. The health secretary, director of health and superintendents of GB and IGM hospitals have been directed to furnish the list of doctors posted there between January 1 and August 31.