He also announced the state was willing to bring in legislation to make sure that patients are not refused treatment.

This is Keralas shame CM apologises for Murugans death slams hospitals for denying helpKerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan
news Medical Negligence Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 15:49

Days after the death of 46-year-old Murugan, a migrant labourer from Tamil Nadu who passed away after he was denied treatment at multiple hospitals in the state, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has tendered his apology to the deceased's family.

Speaking in the Legislative Assembly on Thursday, CM Pinarayi said that Murugan's death due to refusal of treatment on time has brought shame to the state.

"On behalf of my state, I am ready to apologise to Murugan's family for what happened," Pinarayi said.

He also announced in the Assembly that the Kerala state government was willing to bring in legislation or amendments to existing laws to make sure that patients are not refused treatment.

Later, taking to social media, Pinarayi Vijayan reiterated that he extends his support to Murugan's family and assured that the state government will take necessary measures so as to prevent similar incidents from happening.

On Twitter, CM Pinarayi conveyed the same in a series of tweets in English and Tamil.


Murugan, a native of Tirunelveli, died early on Monday morning. Murugan had been grievously injured in a bike accident, following which, multiple hospitals in Thiruvananthapuram and neighbouring Kollam districts refused him treatment. The hospitals turned the ambulance away, either citing lack of advanced facilities or because there was nobody with the patient.

Murugan's death shocked the state, following which the CM ordered a probe. Five hospitals in Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam have been booked for refusing treatment to the patient.

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