Woman alleges medical negligence in sons death

04 January, 2017

KOCHI: The Government Medical College, Ernakulam, which has been facing serious allegations of medical negligence over the recent death of a medical student, has come under fire once again.In a complaint filed before the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) recently, a woman hailing from Kadamakkudy alleged that her son died at the Medical College on December 26, 2015, due to refusal of treatment and negligence on the part of the duty doctor. Selin Arooja of Moolampilly near Kadamakkudy in her petition alleged that after death, no postmortem was conducted on the body her  son John Possy, 40, despite public demand.

After hearing the petitioner, the Commission had directed the Chief Secretary, Health Secretary and the Medical College superintendent to submit an urgent report on the matter. “John was first admitted to the government hospital, Ernakulam, with severe breathing problem and cough, and was referred to the Medical College after his condition deteriorated.

The general physician on duty at  the Medical College refused to examine the John, despite repeated requests, and insisted that the patient be shown to psychiatrist as he was undergoing psychiatric treatment,” it was submitted.

“After examination, the psychiatrist confirmed that John did not suffer from any mental ailment, and referred him back to the physician. However, the physician still refused to examine the patient. On December 26, John was found dead unattended in the ‘casualty’ section of the hospital,” stated the complaint, adding that an internal enquiry conducted by the Medical College authorities, based on complaints filed by two psychiatrists of the hospital, confirmed that the allegations raised in the complaint were true.

“So far, no action has been initiated against the persons responsible for the death of my son, due to their political influence and money power,” alleged the petitioner.   Last year, the Medical College had faced serious allegations of medical negligence over the death of Shamna Tasnim, an MBBS student.