Allahabad: The Allahabad High Court on Thursday issued contempt notices to Uttar Pradesh government and senior officials of hospitals for failing to improve the condition of a children's hospital here despite a court order for the same.

The order was passed by a vacation bench comprising Justice Sunil Ambawani and Justice Sunita Agrawal which had taken suo motu notice of a media report a few days ago  the "pathetic" situation at the S N Children Hospital and set up a team of two advocates which visited the hospital on Wednesday and submitted its report on Thursday.

"We are deeply concerned over the negligent attitude of the Principal of the Motilal Nehru Medical College, Allahabad, Superintendent-in-Chief, Swaroop Rani Nehru Hospital attached to it, Head of the Department of Pediatrics, Swaroop Rani Hospital, Allahabad and the Doctors/In charge of the S N Children Hospital, Allahabad", the court said.

"We find that they have committed gross negligence in allowing the children to die in a pitiable condition", the bench said, adding "we find that the Principal Secretary, Medical Education, UP, is also equally responsible" as he too was directed along with the aforesaid officials", it added.

The earlier HC order was passed on a PIL regarding the condition at the Children Hospital "to make provisions for improving the facilities at the hospital".

The court also warned if the conditions at the Children Hospital, which is catering to the medical needs of children from almost 20 districts, is not improved, the court may pass orders for disciplinary action against them in addition to taking action in contempt proceedings as lives of children are more precious than continuance of these officers in service.

Directing all the officials to appear in person on July 4, the HC asked them "to file affidavits to show cause as to why each of them should not be punished for committing contempt of the order dated 25.05.2010".

The notice was issued to the Principal Secretary, Medical Education, of Uttar Pradesh, the Principal of city-based Moti Lal Nehru Medical College, the Superintendent-in-Chief of Swaroop Rani Nehru Hospital attached to it and other medical officials concerned.


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