Agartala, Sept. 25: A division bench of Tripura High Court yesterday rejected a report filed by senior health officials of the state government on the death of a patient at GB Hospital here on July 23 because of alleged negligence.
A division bench, comprising Chief Justice Deepak Kumar Gupta and Justice Shubhasish Talapatra, dismissed the report submitted by a six-member committee, headed by director of health services Dr Satya Ranjan Debbarma, as ďcasualĒ.
Prashanta, of Belonia sub-divisional town, had been admitted to GB Hospital with fever on July 22 evening. However, no doctor attended him at night. Following desperate pleas by his widowed mother, a nurse administered injections to Prashanta around 2am but his condition continued to deteriorate. Early next morning, a junior doctor came to see him and declared him dead.
Justice Gupta took suo moto cognisance of the incident after reading newspaper reports and ordered the formation of the six-member committee. It was asked to submit its report yesterday.
ďThe committee failed to gauge either the sensitivity of the case or the seriousness of the courtís observations. When a court passes an order, it should be followed both in its letter and spirit and the committee has failed to do so,Ē the division bench stated.
The bench today also constituted a new committee to conduct a fresh inquiry and submit its report by December 2.
The new committee, headed by additional chief secretary K.V. Satyanarayan, comprises director of medical education Dr G.K. Debbarma, former superintendent of GB Hospital Dr Parthasarathi Chakraborty, retired additional district judge Subhash Chandra Saha and president of High Court Bar Association Pijush Biswas.
It has also been asked to submit its report on the measures taken to improve health services in the state.
Former leader of Opposition Ratanalal Nath welcomed the courtís intervention but no leaders from the ruling Left Front or the state government agreed to comment.
Another patient died at GB Hospital around 12.30 last night because of alleged wrong treatment.
Rasamoy Ghosh, 60, of Chanpur area under Jirania police station, had been admitted with severe breathing problem. Since there was no specialist doctor present at the time, a junior doctor examined Ghosh and put him on an oxygen cylinder. However, Ghosh died soon after.
Enraged by the incident, the victimís two sons and son-in-law started blaming the doctor who, in turn, tried to beat them up with the help of his colleagues.
The trio then left the hospital and filed a complaint against the junior doctor Biswajit Debbarma at East Agartala police station.
Debbarma alleged he had been assaulted by the victimís family members.