by Larry Smith
The serious public interest issues raised by the unexpected death of 42-year-old Christopher Esfakis - the son of one of Nassau's legendary GPs - at Doctors Hospital seven years ago remain unresolved, despite multiple attempts to have them addressed.
These matters relate to the delivery of healthcare to all Bahamians and are separate and apart from the personal liability issue surrounding the death itself. That is tied up in a civil suit filed by Esfakis' widow, Lisa, against the hospital and six doctors in 2003. It is still before the court.
But before we look at what the public interest is, here's a brief summary of events to date in this multifaceted case:
A few months after Esfakis died in April 2002, his family began questioning the medical treatment he had received (on the advice of concerned doctors). Following a review of the case by local and foreign experts, the family launched several initiatives to have the matter investigated.