Report says woman of Dominican parentage who died at psychiatric hospital in Antigua, was handled roughly

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SOURCE- Dominica News Online: As the Dominican parents of the late Lateefa George continue to explore their legal options following the death of their loved one, a damning report from the psychiatric hospital where she died has surfaced.

George who was receiving treatment for a medical condition at the Clarevue Psychiatric Hospital in Antigua and Barbuda, died mysteriously on October 31.

An eight-page report leaked to media in St Johns signed by Clarevue’s Medical Superintendent, Dr James Knight, has raised some serious concerns.

In it, there were disturbing comments about the apparent rough handling of a listless George on the morning of her death by inexperienced staff who, the report claims, pulled her up by the arms without supporting her neck.

In the report, one student nurse reported seeing George’s head fall backward and hearing a “crick which emanated from her neck”.

“The patient then started gasping, and froth was seen coming from her mouth, whereupon she became unresponsive,” the report states.

The hospital in question has been a contentious issue for years, with workers there protesting for years about the working environment.

The report states also that “many are grumbling that the ministry is only interested in Lateefa George’s death because of the publicity it has received and the backlash felt by the ministry,”

Meanwhile, Health Minister Molwyn Joseph called a press conference on Tuesday to address the issue.

He said although he had received the report, he hadn’t read the document thoroughly.

All he was willing to say is that a probe has been launched into the death of the 29-year-old Jenning’s resident, and a Coroner is underway.

“As minister, I have absolutely no authority in law or otherwise to become involved in this matter, the government itself does not have any authority. What has happened in this matter, the matter is now in the judiciary, not the administration. I will be irresponsible to immerse myself in this matter at this time,” Joseph told reporters.

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