Andhra: 2 Govt doctors suspended for alleged laxity in treating COVID nodal officer
Anantapur: Taking note of alleged lapses and negligence in treating a COVID nodal officer who later died, two doctors attached to Government Super Specialty Hospital have been suspended by the District Collector, Gandham Chandrudu on Sunday for failing to act on time to provide treatment to the patient.
The deceased has been identified as the Director of Andhra Pradesh Micro Irrigation Project (APMIP) while the doctors included a resident medical officer and a help desk medical officer. Other than the medical officers, the superintendent of the facility and two head nurses were also found negligent in duty and were served show-cause notices.
The 58-year-old patient was monitoring flying squads at private hospitals in the district. The APMIP director suddenly fell ill and was admitted to a private hospital in Anantapur. He later tested positive for Covid-19. As his condition deteriorated, doctors suggested he be moved to a super-speciality hospital on Saturday night. But he passed away on the way.
Pointing out serious lapses on part of the hospital staff, the collector on Sunday suspended the resident medical officer and the medical officer of the help desk. The officers were earlier informed about the serious condition of the director and were also instructed to make necessary arrangements accordingly.