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DOCTOR’S FINE $500 IN DEATH OF FIJI BOY Parents of Shavneet Kumar outraged

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Dec. 29, 2008) – Two doctors who worked on Shavneet Kumar, the 5-year-old boy who later died, have been fined $500 and $250 respectively.

The Public Service Commission found Dr. Luke Nasedra and Dr Teresa Lum guilty of negligence, and had informed them of their sentences last week.

Shavneet died at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in September 2007, following a minor surgery on his arm.

The fines have been criticised by Shavneet's parents who are now looking to seek justice in the High Court.

However, PSC chairman Rishi Ram is standing by the ruling.

"After a thorough and careful consideration of all the submissions received during the hearing reports, documentary evidences the commission found both doctors guilty of committing disciplinary offence within the meaning of section 6(2) of the Public Service Act which states: an employee must act with care and diligence in the course of employment in the public service," he said.

Ram said the two doctors have also been reminded of their right to appeal.


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