HMC owes us an explanation
03 Mar 2014 - 2:20
Khalid Al Sayed
After the gas tank explosion at the Istanbul Restaurant on Thursday, the Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) said that 11 people were killed and 36 injured. The media was later informed that 20 of the 36 injured were discharged the same evening. Another six were discharged on Saturday and 10 remain hospitalised.
It is very surprising that 26 were discharged in less or more than 24 hours. I do not want to judge the treatment they received but it is a standard practice that if a person is injured in an explosion or even in a serious traffic accident, he should receive complete physical and psychological treatment to avoid future complications.
After the restaurant tragedy, the Prime Minister and Interior Minister H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani visited the site and he was concerned about the people and immediately the Interior Ministry announced the formation of a special committee to investigate the incident. On the other hand, the HMC, within a short time, is discharging 26 of the injured, which has raised serious questions about medical ethics. Why was the HMC in a hurry to discharge them?
What’s worse, an investigation by this newspaper has found serious lapses on the side of HMC. Our readers will be shocked to learn that some of the discharged were still wrapped heavily in bandage, and two recounted their sad tales to our reporter.
Is HMC Managing Director Dr Hanan Al Kuwari aware of these developments? Or, if she is out of the country, isn’t it possible for her to monitor the situation through phone? She must take full responsibility for the functioning of the hospital and owes the public a credible explanation for what has happened.