By Fareeza Haniff
The Medical Council has received a response from Police Surgeon, Dr. Mahendra Chand, and Minister of Health; Dr. Leslie Ramsammy is still awaiting the council’s recommendations on what action should be taken against the surgeon.
When contacted yesterday, the Health Minister confirmed that the council received the response since Tuesday December 29.
But the council is reporting that it has no such letter from Dr Chand. A spokesperson said that while the secretary was on leave, she had gone to the office on Tuesday and had reported seeing no letter from Dr Chand.
However, there was a copy of a letter or statement from Dr Madan Rambaran. This was duly copied and circulated to every member of the medical council.
Yesterday, Minister Ramsammy was reporting that he has no knowledge of the content of Dr Chand’s response. Dr. Chand is the police doctor who treated the tortured 14-year-old boy while he was in police custody.
Kaieteur News had reported that the Council found that Dr. Chand was guilty of not examining the then 14-year-old boy, while the lad was in custody at the Vreed-en-Hoop Police Station.
The investigation also revealed that Dr. Chand had failed to keep proper records. It was also revealed that the physician had conceded during the hearing, that he had acted unprofessionally while treating the then 14-year-old lad, whose head, he said, was covered with a bag at the time.
Taking this into consideration, and upon hearing the presentation by the police doctor, the council was not convinced that no action should be taken.
As a result, the council asked the doctor to put in writing what took place during his examination of the tortured teen and to explain why he thinks that they (the Medical Council) should not take action or what kind of action should be taken against him.
It was also noted that the persons with whom the doctor had worked with are being asked to give their views on what action should or should not be taken against the doctor.
This newspaper had also reported that the council recommended that Dr. Chand be suspended, but Director of Medical and Professional Services, Dr. Madan Rambaran, has proposed to the Guyana Medical Council that the physician be given “a stern warning” instead of being suspended.
Dr. Rambarran also suggested that the physician, undergo a course on medical ethics, while acknowledging that the doctor’s performance “did not conform to the expected standards of ethical and professional practice”.
But Kaieteur News understands that the Medical Council will stand its ground on its suggestion to suspend the physician.
After the medical council has completed its investigations into the matter, then the recommendations will be sent to the Health Minister who has the authority to approve or reject the recommendations.
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