Patna, June 20: A three-member committee,
constituted by the Patna High Court for monitoring functioning
of the Patna Medical College Hospital, has taken a strong view
of the recent strike by junior doctors and recommended
compensation to the patients who died during the four-day
The members disclosed that the committee would recommend
to the high court that the state government also pay
compensation to the patients forced to move out for treatment
during the strike by over 300 junior doctors.
The senior advocate, M P Gupta, who along with other two
members of the panel visited the PMCH, told a news agency that it was prima facie found that around 47 patients had lost their lives
during the strike period and that nearly 1000 patients left
the hospital for treatment in private nursing homes.
Gupta said the committee had sought details about the
number of patients dead and patients who left the hospital for
treatment outside from the superintendent, PMCH, Dr A P Singh,
by next week
''We have also asked the superintendent to submit a
report on frequent strikes in the hospital during the last
five years,'' he said.
Gupta said the committee would submit a comprehensive
report on the matter to the HC on JULY 12.
The Bihar Minister for Medical Education, Dr Shakeel
Ahmed, sharing the committee's concern on poor running of
affairs in the PMCH said the state government would henceforth
not tolerate negligence by doctors in discharge of their
duties in PMCH and take stringent punitive action against the
erring doctors in accordance with the law.