CHENNAI: Madras high court has directed the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital (RGGGH) to report steps taken to establish a separate ward for accident victims who approach the hospital for disability certificate.
“As every day patients are admitted in the hospital due to accidents and the tribunal also issuing directions from time to time to claimants to get disability certificates it would be appropriate for the benefit of the claimants to provide a separate ward,” said Justice Krishnan Ramasamy in his order.
It has come at a time when hundreds of accident victims are made to suffer in the causality wards of RGGGH and often made to sleep on the floors due to lack of beds.
Compensation package of motor accident tribunals to accident victims’ kin as well as survivors is calculated only basis of the percentage of disability mentioned in the disability certificate. Delay in issuing certificates by government hospital authorities have been delaying payments and holding up trials too.
Justice Krishnan Ramasamy passed the order on a plea moved by C Jagadeesan, an auto rickshaw driver and a road accident survivor. Since a disability certificate issued by the medical board of the RGGGH is mandatory to get compensation from the tribunal, he approached the GH.
Though he recovered from all the injuries, he was made to stay in an emergency ward of a GH for more than a month, sleeping on the floor amid critical patients screaming out in pain, his counsel V S Suresh said.
Jagadeesan, who not only lost a month’s earnings but was also horrified by the experience, moved the HC to stop such a practice.
Recording the sufferings undergone by the petitioner to get the certificate, the judge said: “Though the prayer sought for by the petitioner appears to be a pro bono publico, considering the good intention of the petitioner that the sufferings faced by him should not be continued for other persons this court is inclined to entertain this plea.”
This apart, the court observed that RGGGH is one of the biggest hospitals in the state and there would not be any impediment for the management to make arrangements for the provision of separate ward for persons approaching them for disability certificate. The plea was posted to January 7, 2022.