Directing the Union and the Delhi governments to bring in a comprehensive policy to ensure quick treatment to accident victims belonging to poorer sections of society, the Delhi High Court has directed the State Government to give a compensation of Rs. 3 lakh to the widow of a man who had died due to undue delay in treatment.

A Division Bench of the Court comprising Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Sanjeev Khanna passed the order for compensation on the ground that the State Government had failed to protect the fundamental right of the victim, Ram Bhor, to life by denying timely treatment to him. The Bench also directed the two Governments to bring in a comprehensive policy to ensure free and quick treatment to poor accident victims.

The Court had taken the matter for consideration suo motu. The 50-year-old victim was a vegetable vendor. He had died due to refusal by three government hospitals one after the other to provide him an emergency medical care.

A PCR van had found the victim lying by the roadside after being hit by a speeding vehicle near Azadpur Mandi last November.

The police personnel on patrol duty had immediately rushed the victim to Babu Jagjivan Ram Hospital, the nearest government hospital from the spot, but the doctors on duty there refused to provide treatment to him saying that no intensive care bed was available at that time.

The police patrol then took him to Sushruta Trauma Centre, another government hospital, but there also the patient was refused treatment on the flimsy ground that it did have the ultrasound facility. Unfortunately, the victim had passed away in an ambulance parked on the Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Narayan Hospital premises, the third government hospital, where Ram Bhor had been taken for treatment.