Hospital stretcher breaks, kills patient

February 1st, 2009 - 9:04 pm ICT by IANS  

Alappuzha (Kerala), Feb 1 (IANS) In a state that boasts of quality healthcare services, a 49-year-old man died after the stretcher carrying him broke into pieces, an official said here Sunday.Congress legislator from Alappuzha K.C.Venugopal said Abdul Salam, a casual labourer, died at the state-owned Alappuzha Medical College Hospital.

“Salam was admitted to the hospital a few days back after he complained of severe chest pain. Today (Sunday) morning his condition worsened, and he was asked to be shifted to the intensive care unit. He was being taken to the ICU when the streacher broke into pieces. Salam fell and died,” he said.

Venugopal added that he has already informed Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan and state Health Minister P.K. Sreemathi about the accident.

“Salam hails from a very poor family. I have asked the state government to extend financial assistance to his family. He did not even have a home of his own,” said Venugopal.

As soon as the news of Salam’s death spread, angry activists from various political parties turned their ire towards the hospital administration and created unruly scenes at the hospital.

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