KNH registrars strike after brain surgery mix up

Written By: Margaret Kalekye/Asha Khamis
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Kenyatta National Hospital Registrars have boycotted work after their colleague was suspended over a brain surgery blunder that sparked public outrage.

A registrar is a doctor who is receiving advanced training in a specialist field of medicine to become a consultant.

The registrars said they would not resume work until the hospital resolves systemic issues, which have been partly blamed for the surgery mishap.

They alleged unwarranted victimization of one of their colleagues who was sent home after operating on the the wrong patient following a mix-up in identification tags.

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The registrars are holed up in a meeting with officials of the Kenya Medical Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU).

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The hospital’s chief executive Lily Koros and her deputy Bernard Githae and the Director of Clinical Services were last week sent on compulsory leave to pave way for investigations into the incident.

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Media claims

The hospital has refuted media claims that one of the patients in the surgery mix up had died.

It clarified that the two patients one of whom was involved in unintended surgery at the facility are still receiving treatment in the ward and have made remarkable improvement.

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The statement further says the patient whose story appeared in a local daily was admitted in critical condition on 19th February 2018 in the specialized neurosurgery ward and later transferred to Critical Care Unit (ICU) on 21st February 2018 where he died on 27th Feb. 2018.

 

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