THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In the wake of allegations of medical negligence in the death of a woman at the Regional Cancer Centre (RCC) here, Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Rajeev Sadanandan has ordered an internal probe. While directing the RCC authorities to conduct an internal probe, he also instructed them to submit the findings at the earliest.
Following the directive, the RCC on Thursday constituted a two-member inquiry committee, comprising Dr Ramdas K, Additional Director and Head of Radiation Oncology and Dr Rejnish Kumar R, additional professor and Deputy Medical Superintendent. According to the RCC, the committee will look into the allegations levelled in the online video and submit its findings in “a time-bound manner”.
The incident pertains to the allegation levelled by a doctor online, which said his wife died due to the negligence on the part of some doctors at the RCC as they didn’t provide her proper treatment. According to Dr Reji, his wife Mary Reji aka Jayamol, a medical practitioner herself, died as a result of alleged medical negligence on the part of the RCC doctors. Reji said after the couple had consulted RCC doctors in September, his wife had been advised to undergo open splenectomy.
“But the surgery was a failure as my wife was howling with pain for around three weeks during the post-operative stage. Though, we approached the RCC for chemo and being administered anaesthesia, the treatment was not quite effective,” he said.
Even as he named a few doctors whose alleged medical negligence claimed Mary’s life, Reji also claims one of the doctors had suggested dialysis for his wife though she hardly needed it. As Mary started ‘sinking’, the RCC authorities asked him to shift her to some other hospital and she breathed her life in a private hospital on March 18.