Gorakhpur hospital tragedy: PIL urges judicial probe into deaths of innocent

Henrietta Strickland
August 18, 2017

The next hearing is scheduled for August 29.

The Allahabad High Court on Friday directed the Uttar Pradesh government and the Director General of medical education of the state to file an accurate counter testimony within 6 weeks.

Activist and advocate Dr. Nutan Thakur said that PIL would be heard before the bench of Justice Vikram Nath and Justice Daya Shankar Tiwari.

Meanwhile, a fact-finding team of the Indian Medical Association has confirmed that Oxygen supply at Baba Raghav Das Medical College and Hospital was disrupted on the night of August 10, that led to the death of several children. He also argued that till now the action of the state government conveyed a message that it was trying to cover up the facts and protecting the guilty. It also prays for issuing directions to the state government so that such incidents do not happen again. But it took the central and state governments over two decades to realise that hundreds of children were dying due to lack of proper health facilities."In 2004, the then chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav released Rs 93 lakh for establishment of oxygen pipeline in wards and purchase of ventilators at BRD Medical College".

"The delegation demanded that family members of children who died due to negligence be given compensation, increase in health budget, and improvement in PHCs and CHCs, a judicial probe in the entire matter, and appropriate punishment for the guilty officials", the statement said.

Her plea also sought strict implementation of an earlier high court order on a complete ban on private practice by government doctors.

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