Thursday, April 10, 2008

Health Minister Acknowledges Negligence In Hospital Death, Apologises To Family

Health Minister Datuk Liow Tiong Lai today apologised to the family of 31-year-old A. Seva who died at the Bentong Hospital on April 3 and accepted that negligence had resulted in the demise. The death certificate issued by the hospital however stated the cause of death as 'septicemic shock' and in an incredible lack of professionalism, responsibility and ethics, no post-mortem had been performed.

The deceased's mother had lodged a police report claiming that her son’s death was due to the negligence of hospital employees.

A. Paruwali, 59, claimed her son A. Seva, 31, was healthy before he met with an accident on Jan 22 near Maran, which left him with a broken leg and other injuries.

Paruwali said she was not happy with the explanation given by the hospital. She lodged the report on April 8.

“The hospital employees apologised for my son’s death and told me not to bring up the matter in the open.

“I want justice for my son and the actual cause of death as the hospital had earlier told him he was healthy and his wound was healing fast,” she said, adding that no post-mortem was conducted but they were allowed to claim Seva’s remains after signing some documents.

Yesterday The Star had reported that the Health Minister and Bentong MP Datuk Liow Tiong Lai said he had yet to receive a full report on the matter.

It is to the credit of the minister that he had taken only a day to go through and investigate the whole episode and had openly apologised for the unfortunate incident. He also said that action would be taken against the doctor and nurses involved.

Datuk Liow further added that the Health Ministry will negotiate exgratia payment to the family of A. Seva.

This response from the minister is a welcome change from an earlier time of unaccountability when the charge of negligence, especially from the poor and less educated, would have been perfunctorily dismissed and the chapter closed, victim's family be damned. Well done Datuk Liow. Now please bring every person responsible for this cruel act to justice.

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Anonymous SM said...

No amount of money can bring back the loss of a loved one!
However, all credit to Datuk Liow for "coming clean"!

3:58 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

whilst it good to know that the minister has acknowledge this miscarriage of justice, my heart bleeds for the family. What happens if it were my son...

8:47 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lets see what action MOH will be taking against the Dr and other medical staff. A life has been lost due their negligence. Will the Dr be struck off the rolls or just transfered to the next town. Perhaps a law suit by the aggrieved mother may instil better responsibility from doctors and other medical staff.

9:20 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

please concern abut malacca patience...i am the one SLE patient in GH already 7 years there... but always face same question "darah report hilang"...1 year face few times de..our blood very hard to take already..y always hilang? n some doctor like to ask u back "saya doctor u doctor?"very unprofessional ...but some really be patient n very friendly pakar doctor very good there that's i know ..pengawai perubatan very helpful also...

please upgrade for the patologi n blood test de.... thanks

2:20 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i want to share stories of my father .My father discarged by hospital and after 10 days my father died a home due to serious heart failure .When i asked the doctor why discharged my father instead of send my father to be checked by heart specialist.The doctor said " i judged he is ok" so i discharged him lah.How can doctor like that,he think he is GOD .Now a day doctor can judge people life kah?But i had lodged police report and will take serious action.My mother not only loss of companion and love but loss of financial support.

10:26 PM GMT+8  

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