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A special committee has been appointed by the Health Ministry to probe into the incident of a below- elbow amputation of a female law student from Matara.

Health Ministry Spokesman W. M. D. Wanninayake speaking to the Daily Mirror said the patient who suffered a fall and fractured her left arm had been admitted to the Matara hospital a few days ago. Due to her complaining of an extreme pain in the fractured arm even following medications, measures had been taken to transfer her to the Colombo National Hospital where a below-elbow amputation had been carried out on the fractured arm on Thursday (24).

Mr. Wanninayake said the committee appointed by Health Ministry Secretary, Dr. Nihal Jayathilake under the instructions of Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena, consists of Deputy Director - General Medical Service, Dr. Ananda Gunasekara and several other medical specialists.


“The committee has been instructed to launch immediate investigations into the incident and they are to probe into the reasons led to the amputation of the arm,” Mr. Wanninayake said adding, if the committee findings determine the amputation was an avoidable measure, strict action will be taken against the medical officials who prescribed the amputation. (LP)
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  • DHA Sunday, 27 January 2013 05:06 AM

    If the doctor is a UPFA or uncle SAM supporter then we surely know the result of the committee......

    samara Monday, 28 January 2013 04:27 AM

    professional negligenece, punish the doctors

    Samara Sunday, 27 January 2013 04:33 PM

    If it's a mistake we must practice - hand for a hand or an eye for an eye! These days Doctors make so many unreal sugestions to grab money; specially in the private medical institutions- it's true.

    Who Cares Sunday, 27 January 2013 05:28 AM

    Justice will be served only when the arm of the ignorant medical officer is amputated.

    Fair N Square Sunday, 27 January 2013 04:38 PM

    Why blame the hospital? blame the govt for LACK OF FUNDING and incompetent staff...

    "SUE" all those who were involved in the "SEW" of the amputated arm..

    Lawyer Sunday, 27 January 2013 05:42 AM

    What strict actions? One week no-pay leave?

    Col kol Sunday, 27 January 2013 05:44 AM

    Even judge can't understand properly if doctors tell some hi-fi stuff!!!!

    wal alliya Sunday, 27 January 2013 04:58 PM

    What a STUPID IDIOT, YOU ARE!!!!

    wal alliya Sunday, 27 January 2013 04:59 PM

    It looks like NOW Clinical Decisions are taken by POLITITIANS--bunch of IDIOTS in the PARLIAMENT OF BABOONS!!!!

    Arther Monday, 28 January 2013 10:35 AM

    They should have sent her to a good hospital in India or Singapore

    BadaUdaSena Sunday, 27 January 2013 07:15 AM

    Lawyers association is nothing in front of The most powerful trade union of the island- The GMOA so how to expect some unbiased investigation ?

    Jury Sunday, 27 January 2013 07:21 AM

    There are some instances where amputation is indicated in fractures. So please learn before comment.

    v Sunday, 27 January 2013 08:59 AM

    I am a doctor working under trying circumstances. Decision making is not always easy. Please don't blame till we know what happened.

    Yehiya Sunday, 27 January 2013 10:16 AM

    Fault is in Matara hospital. State hospital come to worse. All suffering with out adequate payment.

    Pasel Sunday, 27 January 2013 10:52 AM

    Before you move further more with investigation
    Check these doctors are qualified .
    So many paper doctors are in Sri Lanka

    Sweeter Monday, 28 January 2013 08:22 AM

    This is like that age old story, where they cut the goats head which was caught in a clay pot. And these are the guys we go for treatment. Beware if you complain of a headache, they will behead you.

    zouk fernando Sunday, 27 January 2013 11:17 AM

    Doctors won't chop hands just like that. How many factors do they have to consider before an amputation? First and foremost it has to be a life-saving procedure. It is not simply the patient admitted to hospital with a fracture and the following night the surgeon sleep-walked and choped her hands! Just because there are concerns, it does not mean it is some malpractice. For your information, few doctors earn a lot, but vast majority of docs get a salary which is far low than most bankers or lawyers!

    richardsonri Sunday, 27 January 2013 11:57 AM

    No private Medical Schools. Then the patients can come only to us begging and crawling. Private Med School students are more" posh" and sophisticated unlike us, mostly "godayas"

    chaminda Sunday, 27 January 2013 12:04 PM

    amputation is indicated when a patient s life is at risk.so you may be blaming to a doctor who has saved a life. please do not comment without knowing the real facts mind you doctors payment is one of the least, comparing to other executive jobs.

    ANTON Sunday, 27 January 2013 12:27 PM

    MBBS IS GIVEN FREE OF CHARGE TO PARROTS, WHAT THEY KNOW IS PETHA BATH KAAWAA PETHTHAA BATH KAAWA , TIME TO CONSIDER OPENING MORE PRIVATE MEDICAL COLLEGES.

    weha Sunday, 27 January 2013 01:12 PM

    talking about the things that should have happened in the first place. It is rare to see a person lose a hand just because of some fractures. if the first guys acted in a different way things might have changed. that is what I'm talking about. doesn't look like you guys can comprehend much.

    tuan Monday, 28 January 2013 01:45 AM

    FREE MEDICAL SERVICE !

    Amda Monday, 28 January 2013 02:54 AM

    Just look at what our Freely Educated Doctors can go. They have brains but no emotions.

    SinhalaOnly Monday, 28 January 2013 06:43 AM

    Nobody asked the woman to break her arm in the 1st place.. Sri Lankans, DONT FALL SICK..

    Shehan Sunday, 27 January 2013 12:00 AM

    Idiots.. Can they get her arm back....??

    aStudent Sunday, 27 January 2013 04:37 AM

    Who is going to be probing? PSC? if so then doctors are next in line. The goons in parliament want to your job too. G'luck.

    weha Sunday, 27 January 2013 04:43 AM

    What is the point of conducting investigations after the damage is done? this isn't the first instance right? you have already ruined this girls whole life.no any amount of money can bring that back.
    Doctors are one of the highest earning parts in the country. not talking about the government pay but most earn a lot from prvt practices. Hope they don't just chase money but treat patients the way they deserve.

    ragu Sunday, 27 January 2013 03:44 PM

    ya then open privatd medical colleges.. what they do is they will cut neck insted of arm... ha ha ha

    mohamed asfar Monday, 28 January 2013 04:16 AM

    all govt doctors hurry to go to private practice. no time to concentrate on poor patients.

    Calistus Jayatilleke Sunday, 27 January 2013 05:03 AM

    Committees, committees galore for everything that goes in the Ministry of Health but we are yet to see any positive reports or actions taken against contaminated medicines for injections, sexual harrassment of female employees and neglect of patients resulting in their deaths.


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