NHRC summons West Bengal Health Secretary
New Delhi: The NHRC has directed West Bengal
Health Secretary to appear before it following the state
government`s failure in submitting a report about the steps
taken in connection with the death of 14 infants at a
government hospital two years ago.
The Commission has directed the state health secretary to
appear before it on November 23. However, it also said his
appearance is not required, if the report sought by it is
submitted "on or before" November 16.
Fourteen infants had died allegedly due to negligence of
doctors at Midnapore Medical College Hospital within a span of
four days in May 2007.
Taking up the case on the basis of a complaint filed by a
human rights activist Prabir Kumar Das later in December 2007,
the Commission asked the state government to submit a status
report about the steps taken by it in the wake of the deaths
of the infants.
"Under these circumstances, the Commission is constrained
to direct Secretary, Health, Government of West Bengal to
appear before the Commission on November 23," the Commission
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