Wednesday 19th April, 2006


Probe launched into complaint of ill-treatment at Mt Hope hospital

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An investigation has been launched into the alleged mistreatment of three patients who were taken to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex in Mt Hope, after a car slammed into them.

The incident left 44-year-old Taramatee Pooran dead while Alisha Sankar, 29, Chandrawatee Pooran-Francis, 39, and Lorenzo Sankar, ten, seriously injured.

Reports indicate that the three women and the boy were awaiting transportation at the corner of Dry River Trace and Orange Road in St Augustine on Sunday evening.

Around 6 pm, an unidentified driver lost control of his car and slammed into the women, throwing them into a nearby drain.

Pooran, who was already dead, was taken directly to the mortuary while the other three were rushed to Mt Hope by ambulance.

Pooran’s sister, Angela Pooran, said when Sankar, Pooran-Francis, and Lorenzo Sankar were taken to the hospital, the staff refused to examine them because they were smelling.

“They were still in the drain when the ambulance came, that’s what caused the smell,” she said yesterday.

Pooran said Alisha and her sister Chandrawatee were later transferred to the Port-of-Spain General Hospital, but Lorenzo Sankar, who has a broken foot and hand, is still warded there.

“The staff did not want to examine Alisha and Chandrawatee at Port-of-Spain as well because they were smelling,” she claimed.

“Alisha is still waiting on doctors to look at her. She has a broken hip and foot and her face got damaged.”

Pooran said her sister was given Advil and released on Sunday.

“She came home and was complaining still. We took her to the St Augustine Private Hospital and they said she has two to four broken ribs.”

Yolande Agard-Simmons, corporate communications manager of the North Central Regional Health Authority, said a report has been requested and an investigation has been launched into the matter.

“The report, which is being done by Davlin Thomas, the complex administrator, will be ready by tomorrow,” she said in a telephone interview.

Health Minister John Rahael also said he was awaiting a report on the matter yesterday.

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