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Docs feel ‘discomfort’ over docs’ suspensions

By Richardson Dhalai Sunday, January 10 2016

While expressing sympathy for the death of Tobago mother, Rose Gordon, 35, following a Caesarean-section at Scarborough General Hospital, the Trinidad and Tobago Medical Association is feeling “discomfort” over the suspension of the doctors involved in the surgery.

The Tobago Regional Health Authority Board (TRHA) suspended the doctors who were involved in the surgery of the Charlotteville woman who died on New Year’s Day, January 1, after delivering a baby girl via C-section at the Scarborough hospital on December 31, 2015.

In a media statement yesterday, the Medical Association’s public relations officer Dr Austin Trinidade wanted to know if the doctors were suspended after a thorough investigation and hoped the TRHA’s decision was not a “knee-jerk” reaction to satisfy the public or politicians.

“The Trinidad and Tobago Medical Association wishes to extend deep sympathies to the family of Rose Gordon of Charlotteville Tobago and offers its support through its Tobago branch,” Trinidade stated.

“We also note with some discomfort the decision of the TRHA to suspend the team involved in her management.

We fervently hope that this step was taken after a thorough investigation and was not a knee-jerk reaction to satisfy public sentiments or political directives.” Trinidade noted Tobago only has two obstetrics and gynaecological teams and cautioned that suspending one would significantly impair this type of care for pregnant women.

“We are aware that the island has only two OB/ GYN teams and suspending one effectively reduces obstetric coverage by 50 percent. This could open the hospital to more adverse events.

We sincerely hope that due thought and consideration was given to this likely scenario,” he said in the release. “As always the association stands ready to offer advice and assistance if requested to do so.” An autopsy conducted by pathologist Dr Hubert Daisley last Monday stated Gordon died as a result of collapsed lungs, pre-eclampsia and hypovolemic shock.

Public Services Association president Watson Duke, this week, also stood by the suspended doctors.



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