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Madras High Court Orders 5 Lakhs Compensation to Man Who Lost Wife Due to Non-Availability of Ambulance at Health Centre [READ ORDER]

Lawstreet Journal 8 Jul 2021 8:16pm

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The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court has directed the State Government to pay Rs. 5,00,000/- compensation to the husband of a woman who died due to the non-availability of an ambulance at a Primary Health Centre (PHC) and the resultant delay in shifting her to the Medical College for proper treatment.

A bench by Judge N. Anand Venkatesh held that, although no medical negligence was caused to the petitioner's wife, the delay in her transfer to the medical college, proved to be fatal, resulting in her death.

The court remarked that, 

"There was a delay in shifting the deceased from the Primary Health Centre to the Medical College, Asaripallam. When it comes to saving a life, every second count and delay by even a few minutes can cause the death of a person. Therefore, when it comes to medical emergencies, delay can never be condoned like how leniently we condone in Courts".

Background

The petitioner’s wife was hospitalized for childbirth at the Primary Health Center (PHC). After giving birth to her daughter, she suffered from excessive bleeding. The primary care center discovered that a blood transfusion was necessary while treating her and recommended that transfer her to Asari Paran Medical College. As the primary health care center did not have an ambulance, the nurse had to call ambulance 108. It took 30 minutes to get to the primary health care center. After 1 hour and 15 minutes, the deceased's wife finally reached medical school., where she was… Continue Reading...


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