Minister orders probe into HMC discharge of blast victims

March 04, 2014 - 3:06:09 am

Minister of Public Health H E Shiekh Abdullah bin Khalid Al Qahtani

DOHA: The Minister of Public Health H E Abdulla bin Khalid 

Al Qahtani has ordered an investigation into the alleged haste by the Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) in discharging some restaurant blast victims from hospital.

Yesterday, The Peninsula had published an exclusive interview with one of the blast victims who narrated his worst experience with the HMC.

A source at the Supreme Council of Health told The Peninsula the investigations will focus on the circumstances that led to the allegations that blast victims were kept waiting for hours before they were examined. The allegations against the emergency department also include that despite multiple injuries, some of them were also denied in-patient care. “The minister has ordered an investigation which is on,” the source said.

Meanwhile, highly-placed sources at the Indian Embassy told The Peninsula, the Mission would bring the alleged denial of proper medical care to the Indians to the attention of Qatari authorities. “We are writing to the Foreign Ministry”, embassy sources told The Peninsula. The embassy will make sure Indians injured in the blast are getting the best medical care in Qatar. The Mission will extend all support to the victims, including financial assistance if needed, the source said.

The condition of Mohammed Iqbal Ismail, the victim who suffered multiple injuries in the blast and was left in the lurch, is getting worse. In severe pain, he visited the nearest primary health centre near his home, yesterday, but in vain. “Initially, the staff at the centre told me they do not have the authority to examine him. When insisted, they said the Out-Patient service is restricted to Fridays and Saturdays”, Mohammed said. 

The Peninsula

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