Medical Board report termed inconclusive

06 October, 2016

KOCHI: The Medical Board, which probed the alleged medical negligence that led to the death of  MBBS student Shamna Tasnim at Kalamassery Medical College, on Wednesday submitted its probe report to Thrikkakara Assistant Commissioner M Binoy, who is the investigation officer(IO) in the case.

According to sources, though the panel has gathered evidence suggesting negligence on the part of the hospital authorities, there is no mention of this in the report owing to the pressure from certain quarters.

Earlier, there were reports that one of the members of the panel had termed the incident a case of medical negligence, as the hospital did not have the facilities required for handling emergency cases. However, the other members objected to this view, cautioning that a report which directly named the  Kalamassery Medical College would dent its image.

Even though Shamna’s father K A Abooty had demanded that experts from other Medical Colleges be included on the panel, however this was not considered.

Additionally, Medical Education Joint Director Dr Sreekumari had submitted a report on the lack of facilities at the Medical College and the government’s alleged apathy in addressing the issue. And in a major development, the Joint DME’s report has been sent by the government to Secretary Health, seeking action against the culprits, if required. Meanwhile, the State Human Rights Commission(SHRC) has also sought a report from the Chief Secretary and the DGP regarding the alleged negligence on the part of the Medical College authorities that led to the tragic incident. Shamna Tasnim, a second year MBBS student hailing from Mattannur in Kannur, died after she was given an injection at the medical college on July 18.  After  being administered the Ceftriaxone injection for fever, Shamna had collapsed. Her father had approached the SHRC after his demand for justice was turned down by the state government.