Inquiry in limbo as consensus eludes panel

05 October, 2016

KOCHI: The medical board investigating the alleged medical negligence in the death of MBBS student Shamna Tasnim at Kalamassery Medical College failed to reach a conclusion even after three sittings.  
It is learnt that while one of the members termed the student’s death a case of medical negligence, the other members of the board objected to his view cautioning that such a report would affect the reputation of the hospital.

According to sources, the DMO has decided to seek the opinion of experts on the issue, in the wake of lack of consensus in the medical board. Earlier, Shamna’s father K A Abooty had demanded that experts from other medical colleges be included in the panel, which was rejected. The board is expected to file a report to Thrikkakara Assistant Commissioner M Binoy.   “Currently, we are not in a position to reveal details of our findings,” said DMO N K Kuttappan who heads the board.

Shamna Tasnim, a second year MBBS student hailing from Mattannur in Kannur, died after an injection was administered on her at the medical college on July 18. Meanwhile, two members of the panel maintained that there was lapse on the part of doctors and staff of the medical college in attending to Shamna when she collapsed after the injection was administered on her. It is alleged that the hospital lacks life-saving equipment.“Our request to include doctors from other medical colleges in the medical board was rejected. Moreover, the persons against whom  allegations have been levelled had earlier worked at Ernakulam General Hospital,” stated a complaint filed by Abooty before the State Human Rights Commission.