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The investigating committee of specialists who probed the circumstances that had led to the amputation of the left hand of Achala Priyadharshani of the Colombo Law Faculty have determined that it was due to the negligence of the staff of the Matara hospital and various shortcomings in the hospital services.

The report was handed over to the secretary of the Ministry of Health last Monday.

The report had identified the hospital staff who were responsible, and ministry secretary Dr Nihal Jayathilake said action would be taken against them.

The secretary added that a special committee would frame charges based on the report and forward them to the Public Service Commission shortly.

The investigating committee had conducted their investigations independently and identified several reasons for this act of negligence and recommended ways of preventing such situations in future.

The secretary also promised that the shortcomings highlighted in the report would be dealt with.

The committee comprised health ministry director Dr Lal Panapitiya, and specialist surgeons Dr Narendra Pinto, Dr Thilak Kollure and Dr M. Ratnasena. (Ranjan Kasthuri)
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  • MagodisThuma Friday, 15 February 2013 08:14 AM

    Well Said !

    Mushi Friday, 15 February 2013 12:00 AM

    This is not the first amputation in SL. via DM Android App

    jkj123 Friday, 15 February 2013 04:40 AM

    Please be informed before comment

    sanjee Friday, 15 February 2013 08:43 AM

    If you not a proper Doctor or lack knowledge or common sense please don't comment. .The Negligence happened at Matara and there is only one reason IGNORANCE OF THE TECHNIQUE OF PROPER PLASTERING . You don't need a second opinion to amputate a gangrenous Hand. It is a surgical emergency and any Doctor with proper knowledge can take that decision. Just a normal Medical officer, properly trained can give that verdict.You don't need even a specialist

    Richardson Friday, 15 February 2013 04:57 AM

    Nothing will happen Any body found guilty, Rs. 10 must be deducted from their salaries in five installments, !!!

    Then they can go on strike !!!

    mohamed asfar Friday, 15 February 2013 04:57 AM

    please stop bothering the doctors who are busy consulting 200 private patients per day.

    onlooker Friday, 15 February 2013 12:54 AM

    Finally nothing will happen. A person is held responsible for any wrong doing in this country only if he falls out with the ruling elite.

    impartial Friday, 15 February 2013 09:40 AM

    Hi
    I also work in a developed country (Australia). I graduated in University of Ruhuna in 1997. I earned a month’s more than what I earned a year when I was in Sri Lanka, that is not an excuse for doing silly and careless things.

    In govt hospital patients are treated like animals. Doctor nurse...etc is very important person. But here (in developed world) we do patient centred practice. If health professional does something wrong he has to face consequences. most of the retaining Drs in Sri Lanka either because they can’t go to a good country and/or compelled with these health regulations or they ( some specialists )earned more than what someone earn in a developed world

    Wonder of Asia ???? ha…ha….

    ANTON Friday, 15 February 2013 01:29 AM

    In government hospitals doctors are going nuts, in private hospitals instruments are going nuts by watching these things we are going nuts.

    Fair N Square Friday, 15 February 2013 01:36 AM

    Her hand was NOT amputated in MATARA... stop passing the buck to the innocent. Hold the staff and doctors of the Colombo Hospital responsible. EVEN though the doctors of Matara may have suggested, the doctors of Colombo should have taken a clear view and a 2nd opinion, than blindly amputate a patients hand or leg...

    Bavana John Friday, 15 February 2013 06:07 AM

    Please without knowing the subject it is not good to talk. If Matara proper action on time she will not lose her hand. You know that.

    fuad Friday, 15 February 2013 12:00 AM

    fair n square - pl dont comment , to fancy thought of yours.It will be better to keep yourself shu via DM Android App

    ANTON Friday, 15 February 2013 06:14 AM

    You are exactly correct

    Mushi Friday, 15 February 2013 12:00 AM

    giya de giya...can we get hand back? via DM Android App

    weera Friday, 15 February 2013 05:05 PM

    I agree with you 100%. I saw with my own eyes during a visit to Colombo NH, seriously ill patient was brought in to a ward and the nurse at the desk didn't bother to get up from the chair to attend to this patient, She ordered the attendant where to keep the patient and the attendant applied the blood pressure cuff on the patient. After about an hour, a woman doctor came and spent three minutes the most checking his blood pressure, temperature etc. Same night patient passed away.. They are still using rickety wheel chairs and rusted stretchers used during 1950s to transfer serious patients from OPD to wards.

    echo Friday, 15 February 2013 12:00 AM

    our doctors are wonderous, the best in the world and the best of nightingales we possess and this is the result. We see ministers resign when things like those occur in other countries but not a word is said by our honourable minister! via DM Android App

    PA Friday, 15 February 2013 07:33 AM

    Asfar, Doctors are compelled to see such a high number of patients in public hospitals also.Why talk only about their private practice.In developed countries they see 10 patients per day,maximum of 20.If they are paid what they deserve,no body wants to sacrifice their free time to do private practice.I work in a developed country as a doc,and only see 15 patients a day.My FORTNIGHT salary excluding all taxes,is more than 10 months salary back at home and no need of doing extra work.Have some respect to doc in SL who work hard.This is a case of medical negligence which deserves justice.But dont blame all.

    Mahanama Friday, 15 February 2013 11:51 AM

    Medical interns and Doctors after working hard for five years sacrificing their leisure are paid only a pittance in Sri Lanka for treating about 200 patients per day in government hospitals. Naturally they have to do private practice to make a living. If lawyers and university lecturers can do private practice why can't the Doctors do?


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