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ALAPPUZHA: Alappuzha Medical College Hospital (MCH) is in the eye of a storm following altercations between hospital staff and relatives of two youth who were brought to the hospital late on Wednesday night after an accident. The commotion that followed prompted Cooperation Minister G. Sudhakaran to visit the hospital on Thursday morning and order inquiries into the incident. While the hospital Superintendent will inquire into allegations that there were no doctors to attend to the injured and a duty doctor refused to attend to a patient, Deputy Inspector-General of Police (Ernakulam Range) Ravada A. Chandrasekhar will probe allegations against the police in the incident.
The youth, Rinshad and Naseer, both in their early 20s, sustained fatal injuries when a lorry rammed the two-wheeler they were travelling on near Punnapra. While Naseer died on the spot, Rinshad was taken to Alappuzha MCH. However, it is alleged that nearly half an hour elapsed before any doctor attended to him. Rinshad succumbed to his injuries soon after.
Meanwhile, the police took Naseer's body straight to the hospital morgue, which was not open. The police had to wait for nearly an hour with the body before the staff found the key to the morgue and opened it. The alleged delay in providing treatment to Rinshad too became an issue after he died and the crowd ended up having heated arguments with the police and the hospital staff. Irate relatives who were enraged over the fact that the hospital Superintendent was not present at the scene later threw stones at his residence.
Minister G. Sudhakaran who summoned District Collector V.K. Balakrishnan and District Superintendent of Police (SP) E.J. Jayaraj to the hospital was enraged over the fact that the SP was not able to bring the situation under control. Moreover, Mr. Jayaraj was said to be on leave and did not arrive for the visit.
Mr. Sudhakaran, who held discussions with the hospital Superintendent, Mr. Balakrishnan and doctors, blamed the police for the entire episode. "The police should not have taken the body directly to the morgue. How can they do that when the death has not been certified? That led to the initial commotion and then, one doctor, upset over the altercations between the relatives and the staff, is said to have refused to attend to a patient. Both these will be probed into and a report has to be submitted on Friday itself," the Minister said.
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