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Kerala Chief Minister Expresses Regret to Murugan’s Family

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan today expressed his regret in the Assembly to the family of Tamil Nadu native Murugan, who died on Monday last following the denial of medical care by various hospitals in Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram districts.

The Chief Minister expressed his regret in the House when Congress member Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan raised the death of the accident victim while seeking the leave of the House to move an adjournment motion over the failure of the Health Department to contain the outbreak of the fever.

In his open apology to the bereaved family of Murugan, Pinarayi said: “Murugan, who met with an accident, was denied treatment by five hospitals leading to his tragic death. This inhuman act created a shame to the State. Such unfortunate incident should not repeat in the State.”

“If any amendment to the law in this regard is needed, the government is ready to look into it,” he added.

It was reported that the 47-year-old Murugan, a daily wage worker from Tamil Nadu, was seriously injured in a road accident and died following denial of treatment by various hospitals in Kollam and
Thiruvananthapuram.

The Human Rights Commission had registered suo moto case against the hospitals on the basis of the media reports.

The State police also registered cases against the hospitals over the denial of treatment to the accident victim.

The hospitals denied treatment citing absence of bystanders with the victim. The Medical College hospital here denied treatment due to unavailability of ventilators.