Medicos death Government admits lapse on part of doctors

25 December, 2016

KOCHI: Six months after the death of MBBS student Shamna Tasneem at Government Medical College, Kalamassery, due to alleged medical negligence, the state government admitted lapse on the part of doctors.

The confession of the government in the case came up as an affidavit submitted by joint secretary of health and family welfare department before the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC).

The affidavit says that it sought report from the home department about the alleged lapse on the part of the police in the investigation into the death of Shamna.

It has also been informed that the government is in the process of taking action against first-year resident doctor Dr Bino Jose, who was earlier suspended pending inquiry.

The affidavit confesses that the government realized that the doctor was found negligent.

An inquiry team constituted under joint director of medical education submitted a report to the director of medical education department demanding suspension of Bino.

The government had already suspended general medicine department head Dr Jills George pending inquiry based on the report of a team of officials. But both doctors returned to the job before the inquiry was completed.

K A Abootty, father of Shamna, had filed a complaint to the government that the dissent note written by forensic doctor Dr Liza John, who conducted postmortem of Shamna, at the medical board meeting was not submitted to the state apex body.

He demanded that the case of his daughter should be heard at the apex body.

The government has informed the commission that a directive has been issued to health department director to hear the complaint of Abootty in this regard. The apex body convened a meeting three weeks ago and took up the matter.

The health department took action in all the complaints related to the case in a time-bound manner, the government told the commission.


Meanwhile, Abootty approached the commission again on Saturday demanding action against those who disrespected the body of his daughter.


Shamna died of cardiac arrest after she was administered an injection for fever on July 18. Abootty alleged that their rituals and faith got wounded due to disrespect shown on the body by hospital officials.


He alleged that the report of the joint director of medical education says Shamna died at 3.45pm on July 18. But the body was shifted to Rajagiri Hospital at 6pm on the pretext of giving better treatment.


Medical College principal, superintendent and RMO are responsible for this inhuman attitude, he said.