Medical Failure

The Asian Human Rights Commission has pulled up three cases of gross medical negligence in local hospitals in the past two weeks alone, saying victims have no way to get redress. The Asian Human Rights Commission has pulled up three cases of gross medical negligence in local hospitals in the past two weeks alone, saying victims have no way to get redress.

One 48 year old mother had her healthy leg accidentally amputated, while another died after transfusion of a wrong blood type at the Negombo Base hospital.

A baby was also allegedly strangled to death during delivery, when staff tried to pull the child from the womb with a piece of cloth around its neck.

This follows just a few months after a midwife at a Colombo Hospital hit headlines for trying to hurry the delivery of a child who then died, because she wanted to catch the bus.

Hospitals try to conceal the cases, with victims having no easy or quick way to complain about negligence or secure an official inquiry, the Commission said on Thursday.

“One characteristic of the growing number of medical negligence complaints at both government and private hospitals in Sri Lanka is that they are accompanied by at