Medical negligence costs life of a man in Kerala

After battling for his life for nearly 7 hours, a 47-year-old man from Tamil Nadu, who was seriously injured in a road mishap, died following denial of treatment by various hospitals in Kollam and in Thiruvananthapuram.

The man was taken to atleast two private hospitals in an ambulance soon after the mishap in Kollam on Sunday night, police said.

However, as there were no bystanders, the hospitals refused to admit him, they said.

Kollam Police commissioner Ajitha Begum said the ambulance driver’s complaint had been received.

Two hospitals in Kollam, including Medi city, have denied treatment to the patient.

“A case of medical negligence has been registered against them,” the police commissioner told.

Though the patient was taken to the Thiruvananthapuram medical college, treatment could not be provided as the emergency room was full, she said.

The seriously injured patient was in the ambulance for nearly seven hours.

The ambulance driver said they were informed after nearly two hours that there was no ventilator facility available at the Trivandrum medical college and the patient was sent back.

“This is a wrong precedent.. We have got a complaint and we will enquire if private hospitals have refused admission,” she said.

(Agencies)

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