The Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation is compelled to respond to the article printed in today’s Thursday, January 21, 2010 edition of the Kaieteur Newspaper captioned “Mother blames hospital negligence for baby’s death” which was loaded with sensationalized materials and in Management’s view, aimed at only one purpose, further tarnishing the reputations of the dedicated and hardworking staff of the GPHC.
The Management of the GPHC is again disappointed and appalled with the reporting tactics undertaken by some reporters of this media house. The Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Michael H. Khan was telephoned by one of Kaieteur News’ reporters sometime after 14:00h yesterday (Wednesday, January 20, 2010) for a comment on an issue which had not been reported to his Office or the Complaints Desk of the GPHC. Moreover, in accordance with the Corporation’s protocol, Mr. Khan explained that the matter would first be investigated before a comment can be made or a press release issued.
Nevertheless, the article was printed and GPHC was denied the courtesy of expressing its views concerning the matter. The statements made in the news article, it must be reiterated, were sensationalized and some even appear quite farfetched however, a pronouncement will not be made without following the procedure of carrying out a thorough investigation of the entire matter, a practice which seems to be uncustomary of this media house.
At this point, Management wishes to state that an investigation into the matter is ongoing and a release will be issued as soon as the results are available. Further, Management pleads with the media houses to afford the Corporation the opportunity to present its facts when allegations are made so as to allow for an unbiased report.