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Usamate Promises Investigation Over Claims Against Doctors

The Minister for Health and Medical Services, Jone Usamate, says claims of doctors’ negligence at Labasa Hospital will be investigated. He was responding to Sarish Chand’s claims that his son,
27 Oct 2015 10:05
Usamate Promises Investigation Over Claims Against Doctors
Relatives carrying Sharneel Chand's coffin box during the funeral in Tuatua Housing, Labasa yesterday.

The Minister for Health and Medical Services, Jone Usamate, says claims of doctors’ negligence at Labasa Hospital will be investigated.
He was responding to Sarish Chand’s claims that his son, a cane tractor accident victim, would have been alive if doctors had done their job.
Mr Usamate said: “It will take time to ensure that it is done properly and we will not jump to conclusions.”
“We commiserate with the family in their sad loss and we extend our condolences to them.”
Sharneel’s mother Rohini Rita, family members and friends spoke against doctor’s conduct during the funeral gathering at Tuatua Housing in Labasa yesterday.
Mr Chand claims his son had been in a hospital bed for eight days before the doctors did the operation.
This was after Mr Chand had repeatedly asked doctors to transfer his son to Suva.
“After the operation Sharneel went into a coma and then the next day he was taken in the helicopter to CWM Hospital but he died on the way,” Mr Chand said.
He said he received a call from Assistant Minister for Health Veena Bhatnagar last Friday about the ministry’s arrangement to transport Sharneel’s body back to Labasa on Saturday.
“I immediately complained to her about the doctor’s negligence and she confirmed she would carry out an investigation and I am still waiting to receive an update from her,” Mr Chand said.
Ministry of Health media liaison officer Sunil Chandra said that Mrs Bhatnagar was in East Timor’s Capital, Dili Timor Leste and he would only be able to update on the investigation when she returned.
Ms Bhatnagar confirmed last week she was carrying out the investigation into Mr Chand’s claim.
“I have spoken to Sharneel’s father Sarish Chand and he complained that because of Labasa Hospital doctors’ negligence his son had died,” Ms Bhatnagar said.
“We are carrying out an investigation and this will take some time.”
Sharneel, 21, who was known by the name Papu, was a student of Fiji National University. He used to harvest cane in his father’s farm and was driving the tractor to deliver cane to the Labasa Mill when the accident happened.
Sharneel was thrown out of the tractor when it was hit by a seven-tonne cane truck on October 14.



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