first_imgThe Ombudsman has investigated a case where a Donegal woman was refused a second opinion despite confusion over her diagnosis.The woman, who was not identified, was suffering with heart palpitations.She was initially diagnosed as having long QT syndrome – a genetic abnormality which gives rise to the risk of sudden death from vigorous exercise – by a consultant cardiologist at Letterkenny General Hospital in June 2007. But another consultant she was referred to gave a contradictory diagnosis.The woman then wrote to Letterkenny General, seeking an urgent second opinion.However, this wasn’t acted upon and the woman felt she had no option but to arrange a further opinion herself privately. This eventually clarified she did not have the condition.Following the Ombudsman investigation, the HSE apologised and refunded her costs.   HOSPITAL REFUSES TO GIVE WOMAN A SECOND OPINION ON ILLNESS was last modified: September 27th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:hospitalletterkennyOMBUDSMANlast_img read more

Indian Identity Issues In Spotlight Ahead of Malaysia Elections

first_imgThe identity of Indian Muslims is at the centre of several debates in Malaysia as general elections loom ahead in the country. Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi sparked a fresh controversy this weekend when he took a dig at former PM Mahathir Mohamad’s origins, saying the veteran politician had used the Malay community to boost his political career, despite the fact that he was an Indian. Mahathir, in an interview with The Malaysian Insight on Thursday, countered the charge by saying the Malays were the ones to have used him.Mahathir as KuttyThe fact that Zahid cited Mahathir’s identity card to say that his name is “a/l Iskandar Kutty” instead of “Mohamad” drew sharp reactions from several quarters. Political observers feel the comment will only serve to dampen the chances of the ruling United Malays National Organisation (Umno), Malaysia’s largest political party, of which Zahid is the deputy president. The remarks have come at a time when the government is trying to draw the Indian Muslim voters, with Prime Minister Najib Razak saying recently that they would consider a proposal by an Indian Muslim organisation to recognise the community as bumiputera, which means ‘sons of the soil’.Zahid-Mahathir Spat ContinuesMahathir, who earned a fair share of supporters during his 22 years as prime minister until 2003, lost no time to retort to Zahid’s comments. “This is good enough to show that Zahid is a big liar. A big liar because he cannot show the blue-coloured identity card,” Mahathir said on Monday in a video post on the Facebook page of his party, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, that he launched last year after quitting Umno.Courtesy IANSHis daughter Marina Mahathir did not deny her Indian heritage, saying Iskandar was the name of her father’s grandfather and that the late Iskandar had married into a prominent Malay family, Straits Times reported.Indian Muslims in MalaysiaIndian Muslims, numbering about 200,000 people in Malaysia, came out with mixed reactions over the proposal to give them the Bumiputra status. “We are a minority community, so we need government assistance,” Dhajudeen Shahul Hameed, president of the Federation of Malaysian Indian Muslim Associations, was quoted as saying by Straits Times. Many elders in the community don’t agree, the publication reported. The proposal also drew criticism from some in the Malay community.What is bumiputera status?The term bumiputera was introduced in 1971 by PM Razak’s father, then Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, to classify those who would benefit from the New Economic Policy (NEP) that was devised with an aim to eliminate poverty among Malays and other indigenous races.The scheme entitles the bumiputera to avail of a quota in public universities, and gives them access to housing discounts, and other government facilities like loans. Related ItemsIndian Muslims bumiputeraIndian Muslims MalaysiaMahathir Mohamad Indian originMahathir Mohamad kuttyMalaysia electionsZahid Hamidi Mahathir Mohamadlast_img read more