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Shavneet’s family rejects PSC’s decision

Written By : SUN FIJI NEWSROOM. Vijay Maharaj the lawyer representing Shavneet Kumar’s family hopes to proceed with the case of those involved in Shavneet’s death in court next month.
02 Jan 2009 12:00

Written By : SUN FIJI NEWSROOM. Vijay Maharaj the lawyer representing Shavneet Kumar’s family hopes to proceed with the case of those involved in Shavneet’s death in court next month.
He yesterday said that he had gathered most information relating to the case and was waiting for the Public Service Commission to wrap up its work before proceeding further. He said now that a decision has been made he will request further information from the commission and the health ministry.
And upon receipt of the information would proceed with issuing a writ for damages.
“I will issue a writ for damages on the part of doctors at the hospital. It will be writ for negligence,” said Mr Maharaj.
Shavneet’s mother on Thursday lashed out at the ministry for labelling the guilty verdict of negligence on the doctors who treated her son as unfair.
Outgoing permanent secretary Dr Lepani Waqatakirewa 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 and did not carry out their job properly.
“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 and they did not carry out their job properly,” said Mrs Kumar.
She said the fact the ministry was trying to shift the blame game to system failure was totally shocking and the family would ensure through their lawyer that those responsible 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 added.



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