The Apollo Hospitals has welcomed the decision of the Tamil Nadu government to have a judicial enquiry into the circumstances surrounding the death of former Chief Minister J Jayalalitha.
In a statement, the hospital management has said it will give it a chance to prove that Jayalalitha. was given “outstanding treatment” during her 75 days in the hospital though unfortunately she could not be saved.
The probe would show that Jayalalitha got the best treatment from eminent doctors not only from the hospital, but also from experts in Chennai, the AIIMS, Delhi as well from the UK, the USA and Singapore.
It said the probe will thus hopefully”put to rest all the unfounded speculation”.
The hospital was also to blame for the speculations as there was no transparencyunlike when AIADMK founder and late Chief Minister M G Ramachandanwas admitted to hospital. At that time, his kidneys failed and he also suffered a stroke. That time also exerts from Japan and US were brought in. The then Health Minister, Dr H V Hande, regularly briefed the media about the state of his health.
Eventually, a critical MGR was flown to New York where he underwent a kidney transplant, survived and came back to take over as Chief Minister for yet another term.
This time, only Jayalalitha’s aide Sasikala and her trusted official and senior IAS officer Sheila Balakrishna had access to her. Even VIPs, including the Governor, were allowed to meet the doctors attending on Jaya.
It was during her stay in the intense care that the Governor swore in O Pannerselvam as Chief Minister and entrusted her portfolios to him on the basis of “advice” she had given. He never explained whether she gave the consent in writing or orally or whether she was conscious. No questions were asked as the government was at a standstill and someone had to take over .
Worse, AIADMK cadres were given false hopes by party spokesperson C K Saraswathi who fed the media that Jaya was fine and well on the road to recovery. Jaya was conscious, she ate idly and so on. Short of saying that Jaya was prancing around in the ward, Saraswathi said everything that even a die-hard loyalist hard to digest.
At one time in the early stage of her admission, it was claimed that Jaya consulted officials on the stand to be taken by the State at the meeting called by Union Water Resources MinisteUma Bharati on the Cauvery issue. A statement, purported to have been prepared by her, was read at the meeting by the PWD Minister.
Furthemore, even her blood relatives were not allowed to meet Jayalalitha. Her niece Deepa created a ruckus outside the hospital when she tried to gain access. That was when she came to the notice of the media.
As a result, all critical decisions regarding course of treatment were taken in consultation with Sasikala and Sheila Balakrishnan, including the last –minute effort to revive the heart that had stopped through a sophisticated heart-lung machine.
These issues will be gone into when the judge is named to probe the issue.