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Tripura HC finds medical negligence in young lawyer's death - Meghalaya Monitor

Source: , Posted On:   12 May 2022

Agartala, May 12 (UNI): The Tripura High Court on Thursday directed the state government to take suitable action against Anima Debbarma, the Deputy Secretary of Health and Family Welfare department, for filing an incorrect affidavit to the court in connection with the unnatural death of a young advocate here in March 2020.

A division bench of the high court headed by Chief Justice Indrajit Mahanty expressed displeasure with the officer for her inaccurate statement denying the medical negligence of the on-duty doctor at the Trauma centre of Agartala Govt Medical College and for misleading the court about the cause of death of the lawyer.

Deputy Secretary Debbarma stated in the court that Bhaskar Debroy was brought to the hospital by Fire Brigade personnel late into the night on March 7, 2020. At 12.59 am, Dr Debasish Paul attended the patient and recorded that he was conscious and had given the history himself of having consumed alcohol and there was no history of assault, Debbarma told the court.

However, the magisterial report gave a completely different picture. It said: “There was gross medical negligence on the part of Dr Debasish Paul who deliberately acted knowingly that his omission was likely to cause harm but consciously and voluntarily disregarded (his duty) to give reasonable care to the patient. Not providing Standard of Care to Debroy led to his unfortunate death.”

Later, the death audit report of a team headed by Dr Shankar Debroy of the medical college also found several flaws in the treatment and negligence. Based on both the enquiry report, the court concluded that no physical examination was done systematically by on-duty doctors who had attended to the patient and no investigation was advised at the Trauma centre, and even no specialist was called.