MCH Superintendent asked to settle issue of medical negligence


Women’s panel says doctors responsible for present condition of patient’s family

The Kerala State Women’s Commission has asked the Superintendent of Government Medical College Hospital (MCH), Kozhikode, to get the details of an issue of medical negligence that had allegedly made a woman a chronic patient after her delivery.

Commission member M.S. Thara told reporters here on Wednesday that the negligence had led to the woman developing neurological problems and losing one of her kidneys. The family was in heavy debt and facing confiscation of property over loans for the woman’s treatment. The Commission maintained that since the medical negligence brought her to the present condition, the doctors in question were responsible for her debt and related problems. The Superintendent had been asked to solve the issue in consultation with the doctors, she said. She was speaking after a two-day Mega Adalat of the Commission here.

The Commission directed the Atholi police to take immediate action against a man who has been allegedly harassing a girl at Atholi for a long time, after she rejected his proposal. Ms. Thara said the police had not traced down the culprit and had submitted a report that he was missing. However, the girl had been getting threatening calls from him and she had felt his presence in the neighbourhood despite the police claim that he was missing. So the Commission directed the police to take necessary action within 48 hours.

‘Relevant case’

She said the case was relevant, especially against the backdrop of increasing incidents in which girls and women were being attacked by disgruntled lovers.

One of the cases heard on Wednesday included the demand for ample compensation from a building owner who refused to allow alterations in a building rented out to 10 women entrepreneurs to suit their business requirement. The complainants pointed out that the owner’s interference over the past five years had led to them incurring huge debts in terms of bank loans taken for their business. The Commission asked the defendant’s lawyer to settle the issue amicably before its next sitting on December 4.

Another was a complaint from a 38-year-old mother of four girls, who was expelled from her husband’s house after she gave birth to the fourth girl child. The woman, unemployed, is now at the mercy of her family while her husband, now working abroad, is seeking divorce alleging that she was mentally unstable. The Commission has taken steps to ensure her protection and maintenance for the children.

Painful sight

A septuagenarian mother who has been abandoned by her four children was a painful sight at the adalat on Wednesday. The children, to whom she had handed over her properties, have refused to take care of her or even pay for her care expenses at an old age home. The Commission asked the family to pay her the proceeds of the sale of various crops in her old property. The mother, however, has refused the Commission’s offer to take her under its wing or get her property back from her children.

The Commission took into consideration over 100 complaints during the two-day adalat. Of the 53 cases considered on Tuesday, 10 have been solved while defendants did not turn up in 16 cases. Two were postponed for Wednesday while 25 were postponed to be heard at the next adalat.

Of the 57 cases heard on Wednesday, 11 have been settled, while defendants did not turn up for 22 cases. Twenty-two other cases have been postponed to be heard in the next adalat.

Commission member E.M. Radha was also present at the adalat.

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