Murugan, an accident victim, who was turned away from six hospitals died in an ambulance on August 7.

Kerala CM assures help to family of migrant labourer who died after being denied treatment
news Accident Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 15:01

Nearly ten days after Murugan, a road accident victim died in an ambulance after being turned away from six hospitals, his family has approached Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan seeking help.  

Murugan’s wife Murukamma, their two children and some of their relatives met the CM on Wednesday.

“We requested him to help give education to the children. He promised to take care of expenses and offered to help,” Murukamma told media after meeting CM.

Pinarayi Vijayan has also said that government will offer help to the family.

“I have promised them all support from the government. We join them in their loss. The government will make sure that these incidents are not repeated in future. The government will ensure facilities during emergency situations,” the CM posted on his Facebook page.

After Murugan met with an accident on August 7, the ambulance carrying him approached six hospitals in Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam districts. He was first rushed to KIMS hospital, where he was diagnosed with brain haemorrhage. Since there were no ventilator facilities there, they referred him to other hospitals. The other five hospitals also denied him treatment citing one reason or the other.

Police had registered cases against five hospitals in Kerala for denying treatment to Murugan. These five hospitals include Thiruvananthapuram Medical College, which has since denied the charge of medical negligence.

An internal audit conducted by the authorities of Medical College has reported that the doctors at MCH had done whatever was possible for Murugan.

The report says that MCH never refused treatment to the patient, but Murugan was in need of ventilator and at MCH there was no spare ventilator.

Murugan, 46, a migrant labourer from Tirunelveli, was riding pillion on a bike when he met with an accident at Kottiyam in Kollam district at 10.30pm on August 7. He is the sole breadwinner of his family.



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