Amid strengthening furore over the death of a migrant labourer, doctors of private hospitals have questioned the credibility of Government hospitals where common men are denied treatment.
Murugan, 35, a migrant labourer from Tirunelveli, who worked as a domestic help in Kollam, met with a bike accident on Sunday around 11 pm and was immediately rushed to the KIMS Hospital, Kollam. The hospital arranged a local ambulance service equipped with ventilator facility and referred the case to the multi-speciality hospital Meditrina as there was heavy brain injury.
“We checked the patient and found that there was heavy internal bleeding which urgently needed a neurosurgery. He had already received immediate primary care from KIMS, Kollam. Our neurosurgeon was on his weekend leave and we were sure the patient was struggling with his brain injury. We are one of the rare private hospitals which admit patients without bystanders. We have admitted similar cases without bystanders earlier several times. But this time we were helpless as we were sure that we could not arrange the immediate operation the patient badly required. So we referred the case to any of the nearby hospitals where a surgery could be performed,” says Dr. Prathapan, who is a cardiologist associated with Meditrina Hospital, Kollam.