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Nov 12, 2012

Alleged victims of medical malpractice lawsuit against Northern Regional

Two of the women who claim to have been victims of medical malpractice at the Northern Regional Hospital have started the process of taking legal action. Magdalena Chable and Sally Coh who are both from Orange Walk told News Five today that they met with a lawyer and are initiating a multi-million dollar lawsuit after both of their babies suffered brain damage among other complications during delivery. After weeks of silence, the Ministry of Health made a statement on the allegations. The Ministry says that an investigation into the allegations has been ongoing and there are preliminary results. According to C.E.O., Dr. Peter Allen, a team headed by two specialists has been leading the probe. And despite the number of cases as well as severity of the effects on the mothers and babies, Allen says the findings don’t point to negligence on the part of the hospital.


Dr. Peter Allen, C.E.O., Ministry of Health

Peter Allen

“There have been some very serious allegations, principally from the office of the area representative, Dr. Marco Tulio Mendez, who is also of course a colleague. The Ministry of Health’s position is that we take such allegations very seriously and very grateful for the efforts of the area representative at bringing these issues so forcefully to the attention of the ministry and the general public. From the very first time that the ministry heard the allegations, in fact even before they were made public the ministry did what it always does and put together a technical team to review such things. In this instance, the technical team is headed by two of the most respected specialists in the field of obstetrics and gynecology in the country. We don’t take the specialists from our own public sector; in this instance the specialists are from the private sector and from Karl Heusner. They began their investigations some time ago and we expect to have the full results of their report by the end of the month. But strangely, the results while interesting and certainly while showing areas for improvement, don’t support the allegations of negligence that have been raised by the area representative. Of course, there are recommendations that are coming out from the process of the investigation and where we can the ministry will be seeking to implement immediate recommendations immediately. One of those that I think we will be able to put in place by this week is that specialists who are new to the system should be given the opportunity for an administrative rotation at the national referral hospital, the Karl Heusner. And I think that’s a very good idea that used to be done and one that should be done again.”


Dr. Allen says the visiting regional director for USAID, who is a specialist in maternal and child health care, was also asked to review the situation. While he also had recommendations for improvements, his comments according to Dr. Allen, did not support allegations of negligence.

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5 Responses for “Alleged victims of medical malpractice lawsuit against Northern Regional”

  1. Storm says:

    Dr. Allen, are you alleging that fifteen women were not butchered at the hospital, or are you saying that it is the best you can do, so it is reasonable? Do you recall your Hipporatic oath? Don’t sacrifice that, your integrity, and your honor for political expedience.

  2. sue29 says:

    This is really ridiculous that Dr. Allen will come to the media with such an explanation, 15 women cannot be alleging all of this, but i should not expect better from some one like him because he is only covering his own @$$ and that of the Minister who is the root cause of all of this, since he continues to interferes with the decisions in the MOH.

  3. A Patient says:

    Dr Allen, stop the political games and do a proper, unbiased investigation of these cases. 15 women cannot all be telling fibs esp. if they have the neurologically damaged babies to prove their cases.

    Who the hell is this obstetrician, and why is she so doggone important that the minister is willing to sacrifice us for her?

    Remember the case with Dr. Raju, in the west? GOB already have to find the million bucks to pay that lady; can you really afford another $15 million?

  4. PLEASSE MAN says:

    this is a classic UDP Spin Dr. 15 women butchered and no malpractice. teenagers without uterus and ovaries post Caesarean.Hmnnn… those lawyers will be wealthy. healthy newborns now with severe cerebral palsy….( remember Dr Raju case) I think this one worth twice as much. I just wish the CEO and Wire Man should be held accountable too for hiring this Doc.

  5. Belizean says:

    We all Know the real problem but CEO and The minister continue to turn a blind eye. The Dr lady lives at the ministers house so she will continue to sacrifice our ppl in the north. Come on CEO for once talk the truth…. you all don’t have the ppl at heart but only there to satisfy your selfish needs. Why is it that all the staff at the MOH want to transfer out?

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