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Shavneet’s mum wants justice

Written By : CHARLOTTE PETERS. Despite a decision being handed down in the case of five year-old Shavneet Kumar death, debate and criticism of his untimely death continue. His mother
01 Jan 2009 12:00

Written By : CHARLOTTE PETERS. Despite a decision being handed down in the case of five year-old Shavneet Kumar death, debate and criticism of his untimely death continue.
His mother Radhika yesterday lashed out at the Ministry of Health for labeling the guilty verdict of negligence on the doctors who treated her son as unfair.
Outgoing permanent secretary Dr Lepani Waqatakirewa is understood to have advised doctors Luke Nasedra and Theresa Lum to appeal against the decision.
He is reported to have said there were multiple factors in the case and from all information they had it could be said there was a system failure and therefore it would be unfair to say the doctors were responsible.
Mrs Kumar questioned how the decision could be unfair when doctors were actually involved in his treatment.
“How can it be unfair? How can they blame it on system failure? When I took my son to the hospital it was doctors who treated him,” said Mrs Kumar.
She said the fact the ministry was trying to shift the blame to system failure was totally shocking and the family would ensure through their lawyer that those responsible would be brought to justice.
“Those doctors should have been there to check on him all the time if they knew there were problems with the system. This is no excuse and someone should answer for my son’s death, she said.
Mrs Kumar said the ministry and stakeholders could not just blame the system as doctors also played a role in her son’s treatment which resulted in his untimely death.The Consumer Council of Fiji criticised the fines of $500 and $250 as a slap in the face for Shavneet’s grieving parents and family members.
Chief executive officer Premila Kumar said the fines were also a slap in the face and a cause of concern to many other patients who entrusted their lives to the hands of doctors in Fiji.
She said the comments that the two doctors should not be blamed but rather the health system were irresponsible.




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