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A Colombo court yesterday ordered the management of Lanka Hospital Corporation PLC that a body of a deceased person be immediately released to the close relatives, which was reportedly retained under hospital custody for seven days until the hospital bill was settled.

The deceased Tilak Daluwatta of Ragama, Batuwatta (62) had died in the Hospital on September 11 while he was receiving in-house treatment at the hospital following a by-pass surgery.

While ordering the hospital management to release the body of the deceased person to a close relative, Colombo Additional Magistrate Nishantha Peiris observed that respecting the dead was a matter of paramount importance. He further maintained that there was no legal provision to retain a body under anyone’s custody and stated that the hospital could take civil action against the parties over defaulting the hospital bill, if the need arose.

A sibling of the deceased had made a complaint with the Narahenpita Police alleging that the hospital management had retained the body under hospital custody since the relatives of the deceased had not paid the bill amounting to Rs.1.4 million.

The complainant told police that his brother was admitted to the hospital on August 25 for a by-pass surgery since they had been informed that the surgery would cost Rs.650,000. He further stated that they took measures to pay a sum of Rs.300,000 at the beginning. He said his brother’s health condition started to deteriorate even after the surgery was performed on August 25. He further stated that hospital authorities did not take notice on his request that the patient be transferred to the National Hospital in Colombo. (Lakmal Sooriyagoda)
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  • Gnani Friday, 18 September 2015 01:19 PM

    Whenever I take my ailing father to this hospital for gas trouble they put him in ICU.

    Vel Friday, 18 September 2015 01:23 PM

    If this had happened in India there would be instant mob justice ensuring round the clock security to the hospital for some time.

    Sunil ayya Friday, 18 September 2015 01:29 PM

    Drink kothamalli

    Law Abiding Citizen Friday, 18 September 2015 02:16 PM

    Looks like 01 Doctor does not like your comment :D

    ANTON Friday, 18 September 2015 11:10 AM

    USUALLY, PRIVATE HOSPITALS CHARGE FOR THE PROCESSES OF KILLING OF PATIENTS.

    AshyD Friday, 18 September 2015 11:28 AM

    A good order by the Judge. Now private hospitals will take more care to see that their patients, live to settle the bill and leave with their souls intact.On the other hand if the patient dies, go to Court and get the body, and ask the hospital. "Go fly a kite".

    Morevictims Friday, 18 September 2015 11:30 AM

    An eye opener for the general public. This is only the tip of the iceberg on the inhuman corrupt practices of private hospitals. Their charges are exorbitant far too often while the patients are blackmailed holding their lives at ransom. The Government should definitely step in.

    Mason Friday, 18 September 2015 11:34 AM

    Sue the hospital for willful negligence by not permitting transfer of patient to National Hospital.Could this not be accommodated under the free legal scheme of the lawyers.

    don Friday, 18 September 2015 02:48 PM

    this is brilliant idea..IRD for your review

    de silva Friday, 18 September 2015 11:43 AM

    Why can;t the Health department start to do by pass operations in a special government hospital free of charge.It is a disgrace that private hospitals charge such a higher price,after all we cannot avoid getting sick.Most of these doctors pratice in Government Hospitals and then work at private hospitals earning huge sums but not issueing recepts .They get the payment in cash and avoid IIncome taxes.The Inland revenue department must do a survey and get hold of these culprits and bring them to pay.

    janaka Friday, 18 September 2015 11:53 AM

    The parliament fat boys go abroad for surgery?

    satrap Friday, 18 September 2015 12:01 PM

    when admired to private hospital u will have more attack via DM iOS App

    ken robert Friday, 18 September 2015 12:22 PM

    Free bypass operations!Bring back mahinda

    channa Friday, 18 September 2015 04:05 PM

    No wonder you are a buffalo , perhaps idiot

    Dr Namal Senasinghe Friday, 18 September 2015 12:53 PM

    As a consultant practising in UK and in Sri Lanka I feel the billing and care of patients has to be addressed by the government. in the UK patients are given a fixed price. insured patients will have OPSC code for every surgery and the consultant has to get the authority for the surgery by spelling out the code prior to surgery. with fee paying private patients a fixed fee will be given prior to surgery.. If there are complications the hospital and the doctors will attend to it free of charge. I have sacrificed a huge private practice and come to work in Sri Lanka. I have lived in the UK for over 20 years and have lot to offer the health sector in Sri Lanka. But it is sad to say even having the political clout , no one in the state sector has requested my services. it is all a myth the yahapalanaya is waving at the expats to develop Sri Lanka. The biggest problem I see in Sri Lanka is inability to learn from mistakes does not respect the views of others I know it all big ego. until we change these attitudes the medical profession and the rest of the other fields will be stagnated. I dont blame people going to Singapore for treatment but we can do better. Our attitudes have to change. Dr Namal Senasinghe MBBS FFARCS FFPMCA DPM Consultant in pain medicine Spencer Hospital KENT UK and Central Hospital Colombo. via DM iOS App

    BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 18 September 2015 12:50 PM

    Gota was once director of this place. Perhaps he showed them how to hold people for ransom.

    Nurse Nona Friday, 18 September 2015 12:52 PM

    If the govt provides proper medical services in public hospitals for heart, liver and kidney ailments nobody will go to heartless hospitals.

    Kithsiri Friday, 18 September 2015 12:56 PM

    When Apollo managed the hospital it provided better services of course at a price. Now least service and heavy cost.

    Wilbert Friday, 18 September 2015 12:59 PM

    My dear countrymen: Prevention is cheaper than cure. Change your lifestyles. Stop drinking as it kills your liver; stop smoking as kills your lungs and others too. Engage in exercise and take proper rest.

    karthi Friday, 18 September 2015 01:04 PM

    Private hospitals charges are so high. People covered by Health Insurances are OK. Doctors who qualify at tax payers expense charge exorbitant fees (mostly Not Taxed)for their services at private hospitals. Even if patient dies due to the negligence of the hospital - there will be an additional charge nut no reduction. This judgement has done justice.

    Sira Friday, 18 September 2015 01:13 PM

    I love Gota. But he could not make it affordable to middle class Sri Lankans.


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