NEW DELHI:The Delhi government will give compensation amount of up to ₹5 lakh to families of those Covid-19 patients who died due to lack of oxygen.
The Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government has formed a committee of six doctors to prepare a framework for the compensation.
The committee will decide the framework based on which a maximum compensation of ₹5 lakh will be given.
It will have the right to examine any documents related to oxygen supply, stock, and storage from the hospital concerned.
“The committee would meet at least twice a week either physically or through VC at a fixed time. The committee will be empowered to seek any documents from the concerned hospitals, including records of oxygen supply, storage and stock position,” an official said.
The committee will check the steps taken by the hospital for maintaining sufficient oxygen stock with respect to the patients admitted there, it added.
It will send its report to the principal secretary (Health), Delhi, on a weekly basis.
Earlier this month, 12 patients at Delhi’s Batra Hospital, including a senior doctor, died due to a shortage of oxygen.
On April 24, as many as 20 COVID-19 patients had died at Jaipur Golden Hospital as the frantic hunt for oxygen continued while COVID-19 cases surged in the national capital.
“A committee is hereby constituted to assess on case to case basis, complaints and/or representations received regarding death due to lack of oxygen, for grant of ex-gratia compensation over and above the no-fault ex-gratia of Rs 50,000 already ordered by the government,” the order said.
The committee comprises six members – Dr Naresh Kumar, Director-Professor (Medicine), LNJP and MAMC, Dr Amit Kohli, senior anesthetist, LNJP, Dr Sanjeev Kumar, specialist, anesthesia, Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital, Surender Kumar from DGHS (HQ), Dr A C Shukla, medical superintendent, Mata Chanan Devi Hospital, Janak Puri and Dr J P Singh, medical superintendent, Tirath Ram Hospital in Civil Lines, it said.