SCPCR seeks compensation for parents who lost their child due to “misdiagnosis”
Friday, 23 October 2020 | PNS | Dehradun
Taking cognisance of a complaint regarding the alleged misdiagnosis of a pregnant woman that purportedly resulted in the death of her one year old son last year, the State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (SCPCR) has written to the registrar of Uttarakhand Medical Council (UMC) to consider the permanent cancellation of the license of a pathology laboratory in Dehradun. In the complainant’s letter to the commission, it has been alleged that Dr Ahuja’s Pathology and Imaging Centre conducted the ultrasound test of the woman but due to their negligence, her child was born with a cleft lip, a cleft palate and multiple heart problems. In the letter written to UMC, Negi has pointed out that a committee formed by the UMC had found fault with the said lab after which its license was suspended for three months. She stated that while the license of the lab was suspended temporarily, the complainant and her husband suffered extremely trying to get their child treated in various hospitals in Dehradun district, Delhi and Gurugram. However, the child died in one year while the parents suffered considerably mentally and financially.
She said that UMC has suspended the license of the lab for three months in their last order but there is no mention of compensating the parents for their mental suffering and monetary compensation. The complainant is not satisfied that after losing their son, the authorities had just suspended the license. Therefore, Negi instructed the council to take appropriate action while considering the cancellation of the lab’s license besides facilitating monetary compensation to the couple and asked the UMC to submit the report within one month in the commission.