BMC Standing Committee chairman Yashvant Jadhav on Wednesday directed the civic administration to give compensation to the family of a three-month-old child who suffered burn injuries in the paediatric intensive care unit (ICU) of KEM hospital on November 7. The directive was issued after corporators, across party lines, slammed the civic administration for negligence.
Claiming that it was a serious matter, Additional Municipal Commissioner Praveen Darade said, “The administration has already ordered an inquiry into this matter. A detail report will be submitted before the Standing Committee.”
Earlier, BJP corporator Rajsree Shirvadkar raised the issue in Standing Committee meeting Wednesday saying, “The negligence of civic body has led to the amputation of a hand of a child. Why is the corporation not providing compensation to the child? They (the family) are very poor and had come (to Mumbai) for treatment. Whatever happened it was just because of the negligence of the hospital staff.”
Samajwadi Party corporator and MLA Rais Shaikh also slammed administration for the incident. “Forget about compensation, nobody from top administration from the BMC has gone to meet the family of the victim so far. This shows how careless our doctors and officers are. If the civic body had given compensation to victims of Malad wall collapse, then why not in this case?”
While the leader of the House and Sena corporator Vishakha Raut said it was a “clear case of negligence”, BJP leader Manoj Kotak demanded an immediate suspension of the dean of the hospital. “Even after the incident, there is no action against the staff. The dean should be suspended for negligence since it is a matter of reputation of the BMC hospital. Also, since the incident happened due to a short circuit, there should be an electrical audit in the hospital,” Kotak said.
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