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HC issues rule over compensation to Raifa’s family

Published on: 5:27 pm - Tuesday | August 14, 2018

The High Court has issued a rule asking the authorities of Max Hospital in Chattogram to explain why directives should not be given to pay ‘proper’ compensation to the family of child Raifa who died due to ‘wrong treatment and negligence of doctors’ at the hospital.

Responding to a writ petition, an HC bench of Justice Syed Mohammad Dastagir Hossain and Justice Md Iqbal Kabir issued the rule on Tuesday.

Raifa’s father Rubel Khan, staff reporter of Daily Samakal filed the writ on last Thursday seeking necessary directives for compensation.

Advocate Tajul Islam and Barrister Mohammad Enam stood for the petitioner.

UNB adds : The rule also asked the respondents why actions would not be taken against the doctors and the hospital authorities for their negligence and why directives would not be given to set a guideline if patients die or victimise due to wrong treatment.

Secretary of the health ministry, additional secretary (hospital) of the ministry, chairman of Bangladesh Medical and Dental Council, managing director of Max Hospital and its three concerned doctors have been made respondents to the rule.

Three-year-old Raifa Khan died reportedly due to wrong treatment at Max Hospital in the early morning of June 29 after she was admitted there with pain in her throat.

A government investigation led by the Chattogram civil surgeon found negligence of doctors in treating her.

A week after Raifa’s death, members of Rapid Action Battalion raided the hospital and fined it for various irregularities. In response, owners of private clinics, hospitals and diagnostic centres enforced a 20-hour strike in the port city.

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