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Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan has
come under fire from the family of envi-
ronmentalist Dr Wayne Kublalsingh, who
have accused him of obtaining Kublals-
ingh s private medical records without
The family also wants Khan to clarify
statements he made yesterday about
Kublalsingh s health.
Khan, who visited Kublalsingh at the St
Clair Medical Centre on Sunday, yesterday
said the leader of the Highway Re-Route
Movement (HRM) appeared normal and
he was "flabbergasted" by the state of
Kublalsingh s health.
He said he was surprised how strong
Kublalsingh seemed, especially for someone
who had gone without food and water for
almost three weeks.
Kublalsingh fell unconscious for about
30 minutes on Sunday in the car park at
Maracas Bay after suffering heatstroke. He
was taken to St Clair where he was given
Kublalsingh is on a second hunger strike
over the disputed Debe to Mon Desir sec-
tion of the Solomon Hochoy Highway to
In a statement yesterday, signed by Hay-
den Kublalsingh, his family said: "We wish
to make it very clear that Dr Khan was
not provided access to any medical reports
of Dr Kublalsingh either by his family or
by his attendant physician in this matter.
"In these circumstances, we call upon
the minister to indicate how, through
whom and on what basis were these
reports allegedly obtained by him, as well
as the basis for publication of the contents
Breach of ethics reported to Medical Board
Khan's claim irks
Wayne's family of such reports without the permission or consent
of Dr Kublalsingh or family members."
It said the privacy of any aspect of Kublalsingh s
medical reports had not been waived and Khan
was therefore in further breach of professional med-
ical ethics, which, they said, had been reported to
the Medical Board.
Kublalsingh back tomorrow
Contacted yesterday, Kublalsingh said he was
resting at his D Abadie home and was doing better
but was still feeling "a bit weak."
He said he expected to return to his protest camp
outside the Office of the Prime Minister, St Clair,
tomorrow and maintained he would continue the
hunger strike unless Prime Minister Kamla Per-
sad-Bissessar, who visited him on Sunday but did
not commit to anything during that time, agreed
to mediation and to abide by the findings of the
A story on Page A5 of yesterday's T&T
Guardian, headlined "HRM says PM to blame",
mistakenly reported that the Highway Review
Committee, chaired by former Independent
Senator James Armstrong, proposed mediation.
In fact this was not the case. Our apologies
for any embarrassment or confusion caused by
GETTING IT RIGHT
But contacted yesterday Khan shot
back, saying he never took any such
"Absolutely not. I never took anybody's
medical records and I do not have such
records in my possession. I have my
clinical acumen in my possession," he said.
He said he spoke to the doctor who
was in charge of Kublalsingh and got
feedback about his condition.
"I simply asked the doctor about Mr
Kublalsingh. I asked him how he was
going and he said, 'Pretty good.' I asked
him how were Mr Kublalsingh's vital
signs, and he said, 'Normal.' I asked him
about the level of hydration; he said Mr
Kublalsingh was not that dehydrated.
"If anybody is saying otherwise and
they want to disprove what the doctor
said, let them make their medical records
public. As a medical doctor looking on, I
think Mr Kublalsingh is in perfect
condition... he was very vocal and very
Khan said during his visit Kublalsingh
shook his hand and again apologised for
cursing when Khan visited him during his
first hunger strike in 2012.
"When he shook my hand he did it with
vigour. I was extremely shocked last night
(Sunday), looking at a gentleman who has
been fasting for such a long time and in
such strong health," Khan said.
Asked if he believed it was all a farce,
the Health Minister opted not to use
"But what I find to be very coincidental
is the fact that Mr Kublalsingh ended up
at St Clair, which is in very close proximity
to where the candlelight vigil took place,"
Supporters held a pre-planned vigil on
Sunday evening at the Nelson Mandela
Park (formerly King George V Park)
outside the window of Kublalsingh's room
at the clinic. But that event had been
planned since Friday when Kublalsingh
Highway Re-Route Movement members read a press release yesterday outside the Office
of the Prime Minister sent by Dr Wayne Kublalsingh. PHOTO: JEFF MAYERS
Wayne was dehydrated
Dr Asante Van West-Charles-Le Blanc,
Kublalsingh's physician, maintained yesterday
that when he was taken into St Clair on
Sunday he was dehydrated and visibly shaking
"He was under two blankets when I saw him
and to say he was strong, I think that is
incorrect," VanWest-Charles-Le Blanc said.
She said she did not examine Kublalsingh on
Sunday but briefly spoke to him.
"I can't tell you who Dr Khan spoke to and I
am not going to be in a verbal battle with
"Dr Kublalsingh was definitely dehydrated
when I saw him in the Casualty Department
and in terms of organ failure, I have always
maintained that organ damage was possible,
and it may not be visible in blood tests right
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