GMOA explains circumstances that led to closure of hospital

By Don Asoka Wijewardena

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) yesterday said that the Baduraliya hospital had been closed as the people in the area had threatened the staff with bodily harm.

GMOA General Committee member, Dr. Navin de Soysa said that a 75-year-old man was brought to the Baduraliya hospital with a complaint of abdominal pain a few days ago. But, as his condition was rather serious, he was transferred to the Kalutara Nagoda hospital. However, the patient had died there of cardiac arrest about 12 hours after admission.

Blaming the death on the hospital staff, gangs of villagers had surrounded the Baduraliya hospital and had threatened the entire staff with bodily harm. They were of the opinion that the patient died due to medical negligence. But, Baduraliya hospital had given timely medical attention, he said.

Dr. Soysa said that health authorities held an emergency meeting last Sunday with all the medical and nursing staff. Some stakeholders had also participated in the meeting. But some gangs of people did not want the doctors and nursing staff to come to the hospital. The doctors had no alternative, but to take a decision not to report for duty owing to security reasons. The staff attached to the Baduraliya hospital had instead reported for duty at the Western Province Regional Health Director’s office.

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