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Denied treatment by hospitals in Kerala, accident victim dies after seven hours

A 30-year-old man from Tamil Nadu who was injured in a road accident died after being allegedly denied treatment by various hospitals in Kerala.

india Updated: Aug 07, 2017 13:33 IST
An accident victim was taken to two hospitals in an ambulance but the hospitals refused to admit him.
An accident victim was taken to two hospitals in an ambulance but the hospitals refused to admit him.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

After battling for his life for nearly seven hours, a 30-year-old man from Tamil Nadu who was seriously injured in a road accident died on Monday after being allegedly denied treatment by various hospitals in Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram.

The man was taken to at least two private hospitals in an ambulance soon after the accident late on Sunday night, police said.

However, as there were no bystanders, the hospitals refused to admit him, they said.

Kollam police commissioner Ajitha Begum said the ambulance driver’s complaint had been received.

Two hospitals in Kollam, including medi city, allegedly denied treatment to the patient.

“A case of medical negligence has been registered against them,” the police commissioner told PTI.

Though the patient was taken to the Thiruvananthapuram medical college, treatment could not be provided as the emergency room was full, she said.

The seriously injured patient was in the ambulance for nearly seven hours.

The ambulance driver said they were informed after nearly two hours that there was no ventilator facility available at the Trivandrum medical college and the patient was sent back.

“This is a wrong precedent.. We have got a complaint and we will enquire If private hospitals refused admission,” she said.

The deceased, Murugan, hailing from Tirunelveli was seriously injured in a motorbike accident at 11 pm on Sunday and died around 6am on Monday.