Medical board to investigate negligence angle

21 July, 2016

KOCHI: The police have decided to refer the case related to the death of a MBBS student, allegedly due to medical negligence, to a medical board.  

Kalamassery CI C J Martin said a medical board needs to be constituted to examine possible negligence in the case. The medical board will be constituted by the District Medical Officer (DMO), based on the  request of the investigation officer.  “We will ask the DMO to constitute the medical board soon, as part of the investigation into the death of Shamna Tasneem. After checking evidence, the medical board will file a report stating whether the death occurred due to negligence on the part of the hospital authorities, doctors or medical staff,” he said.  “The police are awaiting the postmortem report, which is expected to come in two days, to take further steps. Statement of parents of the deceased will be recorded soon. The primary findings of the postmortem shows that a fluid had accumulated in the lungs of the deceased, and that she had an allergic disposition,” said the police official.

Shamna Tasneem, a second year MBBS student of Government Medical College, Ernakulam, died on Monday at a private hospital here where she was admitted for treatment of severe fever. She was a native of Mattanur.  Parents of the deceased alleged that Shamna died due to denial of proper treatment as the hospital did not have the equipment and ambulance facility required for handling emergency cases. The postmortem was conducted at Alappuzha Medical College as requested by Shamna’s parents.   The Kalamassery Police have registered a case under Section-304 of the IPC.