GPHC takes offence
I write to express my disappointment with the fact that a Press Release dated 2 April, 2012, which was sent from the Public Relations Office of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation and sought to clarify a damaging error made by one of your reporters was not published in your daily.
The article (published 1 April, 2012) was captioned; ‘Ailing man dies at Parika Stelling while waiting for ambulance’ and was in reference to a male deceased whom the reporter stated died at the stelling because GPHC failed to properly coordinate its ambulance service to transport the patient to the hospital and as such, the patient died while waiting for the ambulance to arrive.
It was confirmed that no contact was made to GPHC for an ambulance and as such, this story should be retracted and/or corrected.
I deem this as unfair journalism and again damaging to the hospital’s image. I therefore humbly request that fair reportage is done in future and the hospital is given an opportunity to have its side heard.
The article stated that, “Sources say that the officials at the Bartica Hospital made proper arrangement for the patient to be collected at the Parika Stelling with an ambulance from the Georgetown Public Hospital [Corporation],”… “They [relatives & witnesses] are questioning why there was no better coordination on the part of the Georgetown Public Hospital.”
The aforementioned accusation is completely unfounded and misleading. No contact was made to GPHC to request an ambulance. There was no record of this request at GPHC’s Ambulance Dispatchers’ Office, Public Safety Department and further confirmation of this fact was given this morning, 1 April, 2012 by the Ward Sister (Supervisor) who arranged for the patient to be transported as well as accompanied the patients to the hospital. In fact, it was advised that this request was made to the West Demerara Regional Hospital and ambulance PPP 691 was dispatched and transported the patients to the GPHC.
Management chides Kaieteur news for yet another shallow investigation and hasty publication of an incident which further damages the Corporation’s image. Management is herein demanding an apology from the Kaieteur newspaper for the inaccurate statement which was published after there was obviously no in depth investigation done.
Mr. Michael H. Khan
Chief Executive Officer