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PUNJAB CABINET OKAYS COMPENSATION FOR VICTIMS OF HIV +VE BLOOD TRANSFUSION DUE TO MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE

APPROVES AMENDMENT TO ‘PUNJAB VICTIM COMPENSATION SCHEME, 2017’

Chandigarh : The Punjab Cabinet also gave approval to the draft notification of ‘Punjab Victim Compensation (First Amendment) Scheme-2017’, to grant compensation to the victims of transfusion of HIV positive blood due to medical negligence. The amendment will also enable recovery of the compensation amount from the accused, for which the Superintendent of Police of the concerned district would file an application in the court and thereafter Director, Prosecution and Litigation, Punjab, shall pursue the case.

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Notably, Member Secretary, Punjab State Legal Services Authority, taking notice of the incident regarding transfusion of HIV positive blood to a patient in Bhai Mani Singh Hospital, Bathinda, had filed a CWP-PIL No. 205/2020, titled as Punjab State Legal Services Authority vs. State of Punjab and Others in Punjab and Haryana High Court, whereby an amendment in Punjab Victim Compensation Scheme, 2017 for providing the compensation to victims of transfusion of HIV positive blood due to medical negligence under the said Scheme was sought.

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The State Government had implemented the Punjab Victim Compensation Scheme, 2017 for providing compensation to the victims of various crimes, such as acid attack, rape etc. Out of the funds received under the said Scheme, the Punjab State Legal Services Authority allocates the requisite compensation to the victims.

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DP Bureau
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