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By Susitha R. Fernando


The Colombo District Court today ordered the health services to pay Rs. five million to a 33 year old medical officer attached to the Maharagama cancer hospital after he was exposed to radiation making him permanently disabled

 

The District Court ordered Director General of Health Services, Secretary to the Ministry of Health and the Director of the National Cancer Hospital to pay the said sum, for their negligence and failure to maintain the radiation machine at the Maharagama cancer hospital.

 

The Court ruled that Dr. Wasantha Kumara Gamage was exposed to radiation due to the negligence of the defendant medical authorities. Therefore a sum of Rs. five million was to be paid to the medical officer together with interest from the year 2002.

 

Dr. Gamage had been exposed to radiation when he entered the radiation room to provide treatment to a patient on April 5, 2001 at the hospital.  


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  • Wasantha Friday, 30 July 2010 05:07 PM

    + Who is going to pay? The State, or the specified officials?

    M Rifai Nazim Friday, 30 July 2010 06:00 PM

    Thank you, Dr. Gamage! Though you are disabled, you have been ABLE to open the eyes of the judge. This is certainly a landmark judgment and should be taken as a precedent to redress other forms of negligence, in the health sector.

    Saradial Friday, 30 July 2010 07:01 PM

    Director General of Health Services, Secretary to the Ministry of Health and the Director of the National Cancer Hospital - Pay this amount out of your own pockets! Why should taxpayers pay for your negligence?

    pasel Friday, 30 July 2010 09:01 PM

    How many more victims (employees) must be affected by radiation and afraid or can't afford to fight against the government?

    nmn Saturday, 31 July 2010 08:06 AM

    exactly saradial...these morons must pay their own without drnking the tax payers blood....

    Marikar Saturday, 31 July 2010 08:09 AM

    Can all the money bring him back to normal life?
    How GUILTY the State should feel about it....

    Musthafa Saturday, 31 July 2010 01:51 PM

    Operation success, but doctor dead. new medical miracle-2010

    buddadasa king Saturday, 31 July 2010 02:19 PM

    this is a historic judgement..


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