AG mulls disciplinary case against Ramdeen

For­mer sen­a­tor Ger­ald Ramdeen may be in hot wa­ter for mak­ing pub­lic the de­tails of a Court of Ap­peal case in which he was nev­er in­volved.

On Thurs­day, Ramdeen held a me­dia con­fer­ence at his Port-of-Spain of­fice to dis­cuss the de­tails of a med­ical case, now at the Court of Ap­peal, in which a young girl was ad­mit­ted to the Mt Hope Med­ical Sci­ences Com­plex for anaemia and dur­ing a blood trans­fu­sion, was in­fect­ed with HIV taint­ed blood.

The child died of com­pli­ca­tions from her anaemia and HIV.

The mat­ter had al­ready been ven­ti­lat­ed in Par­lia­ment but the child’s name was kept off the record.

Ramdeen is not the lawyer on this mat­ter but Guardian Me­dia was told that he learned that the State was mak­ing moves to seal the case and sought to make it pub­lic.

“This is crim­i­nal,” Ramdeen said dur­ing his me­dia con­fer­ence.

He pro­vid­ed sev­er­al of the doc­u­ments in which the Mt Hope ad­mit­ted li­a­bil­i­ty and the State agreed to pay $6.5 mil­lion to the child’s moth­er for med­ical treat­ment in a for­eign med­ical fa­cil­i­ty and agreed to cov­er the child’s med­ical ex­pens­es for the rest of her life be­cause of the taint­ed blood trans­fu­sion.

But with no le­gal stand­ing in the case, Ramdeen may have over­stepped his bounds.

When asked about the State’s li­a­bil­i­ty in this mat­ter, At­tor­ney Gen­er­al Faris Al-Rawi said he may re­fer Ramdeen to the dis­ci­pli­nary com­mit­tee.

“The mat­ter came up be­fore the Court of Ap­peal and was ad­journed, he has no lo­cus. This is scrap­ing the bot­tom of the bar­rel to in­volve him­self in the mat­ter of a child?” Al-Rawi said.

“I think he has to be re­ferred to the dis­ci­pli­nary com­mit­tee for this,” he said.

“Why would you posthu­mous­ly tar­nish the name of a child?” Al-Rawi asked.

Ramdeen gave the de­tails of the case and said that the State was seek­ing to have the mat­ter sealed to cov­er their mis­steps.

“Why seal it? If they sealed this no­body would know the de­tails of what hap­pened to this child and to this fam­i­ly,” he said.

He said the State had agreed to pay and when the child died, they re­neged.

But Al-Rawi is say­ing that is not the case. Though he said he need­ed to re-fa­mil­iarise him­self with the case, he could re­call that the agreed pay­ment was for med­ical ex­pens­es and not for dam­ages.

Ramdeen said he is al­so plan­ning to take le­gal ac­tion against Health Min­is­ter Ter­rence Deyals­ingh and the Min­istry of Health on be­half of the 37 pa­tients who can no longer ac­cess dial­y­sis at the St Au­gus­tine Pri­vate Hos­pi­tal (SAPH) be­cause of an un­paid debt.

Reporter: Renuka Singh

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