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An ambulance driver transporting a patient in a critical condition from the Embilipitiya district hospital to the Ratnapura hospital for further treatment is alleged to have stopped the vehicle at a spot where coconuts were being sold.

This episode went viral and by noon today more than 128,000 visiting this social media website.

Sabaragamuwa Provincial Director of Health Services, Dr. Kapila Kannangar said the driver was immediately transferred to the Ratnapura Deputy Health Officers Office.

He said this driver had other cases against him as well.

When the patient was being transported along the Embilipitiya - Ratnapura road the driver had stopped the ambulance outside a house where coconuts were being collected and de-husked for sale.

The Video shows the patient in a critically ill condition with several tubes connected to his body amid several medical equipment inside the ambulance. The patients son had videoed this scene and uploaded it on a social media website. This video clip shows the patient lying inside the ambulance and and driver alighting from it and speaking to someone near a pile of coconuts. A frame showing someone supposedly a health attendant seated near the driver and smiling in the direction of the driver is also seen in this video lasting a few minutes.

Dr. Kannangara had ordered an immediate disciplinary inquiry against the driver concerned and had transferred the driver with a view to conducting an impartial inquiry. (Ajith Lal Shantha Udaya and jayantha Nanayakkara)

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  • ali Saturday, 22 October 2016 12:07 AM

    When learned doctors strike for car permits leaving thousands of patients to suffer, what can we expect from an ambulance driver?

    ANTON Saturday, 22 October 2016 08:26 AM

    NOW THE DRIVER WOULD SAY THAT HE WANTED TO DASH COCONUT FOR QUICK RECOVERY OF THE PATIENT.

    Prabhath Saturday, 22 October 2016 10:02 AM

    This is no matter for transfer. This is dereliction of duty. Dismissal is too good for him!

    Labby Saturday, 22 October 2016 10:05 AM

    GMOA what's your take on this???

    ANTON Saturday, 22 October 2016 11:38 AM

    NO NO THEY MUST HAVE RUN OUT OF SALINE LIQUID, AND WANTED TO GIVE SOME COCONUT WATER TO THE PATIENT .... THAT IS ALL ... WHAT IS THIS BIG FUSS .....

    Dammika Saturday, 22 October 2016 11:52 AM

    Sorry they are sleeping ... don't disturb

    Dayawathie Saturday, 22 October 2016 12:27 PM

    Don't worry people. Nothing will happen to him because he must be a henchman of a local politician.

    arnold Friday, 21 October 2016 07:07 PM

    He should be sacked without any benefits.

    Madiya Friday, 21 October 2016 07:20 PM

    This is why we need ECTA?

    Anja Friday, 21 October 2016 07:24 PM

    Should be hung via DM Android App

    hans perlee Saturday, 22 October 2016 01:43 PM

    no inquiry. Should be fired on the spot.

    Casanova Friday, 21 October 2016 07:44 PM

    Can this happen in Yahapalanaya? No inquiry, pls sack him immediately and he should never get any pension.

    cdd Friday, 21 October 2016 08:16 PM

    Inhuman act. May be looking for local Kasippu. He should be punished. Should be given a life time lesson. This is a killing effort, not saving a life.

    moiez Friday, 21 October 2016 08:30 PM

    Why this driver transferred, sack him immediately without any benefits, coconut is more important than a life, look into his matter and sack him immediately otherwise he will do the same thing in other areas too.

    Kosala Friday, 21 October 2016 08:57 PM

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