Health minister orders action against Palakkad Thangam hospital over rise in patient mortality

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Palakkad: Health Minister Veena George has ordered to take action against Thangam hospital here over the rise in patient mortality rate. It is alleged that the hospital has been recording back-to-back deaths of patients due to medical negligence.

The minister has directed the health department officials to evoke action against the hospital under Kerala Clinical Establishment Act. It is for the first the first time, the state government is initiating action against a hospital under this act.

The Minister has asked the District Registering Authority headed by the district collector and District Medical Officer to initiate a probe over the deaths in Thangam hospital. Earlier, the health department itself initiated a probe against the hospital after observing continuous deaths of patients. Now, the health minister ordered action against the hospital in this background.

On Monday, a 25-year-old woman named Aishwarya, wife of M Ranjith in Chittoor breathed her last a day after giving birth to a child. Her baby was also declared dead soon after the delivery. Her relatives and natives protested against the hospital alleging medical negligence over the death of the woman and her newborn baby.

The doctors on duty were booked for offences under Section 304 A (causing death by negligence).

On the other day, another woman died in the hospital during treatment. Kongad native Karthika, daughter of Haridas who was taken to the hospital for a leg surgery breathed her last amid the preparations for the surgery. It is alleged that she died due to the flaws in administering anaesthesia.

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