Transfer of a HRM doctor accused of professional misconduct – The New Indian Express


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MADURAI: Rajaji Government Hospital (GRH) 40-year-old radiation oncologist Dr K Mahalakshmi Prasad, accused of sending cancer patients from the government hospital to the private hospital owned by her father, was transferred to Arignar Anna Memorial Cancer Research Institute in Kancheepuram by GRH Dean Dr A Rathinavel on Saturday.

The move comes after an order was issued by the Director of Medical Education (DME), Dr R Narayana Babu, when the charges against her were proven during an investigation. Two weeks ago, an investigation was opened by the project manager of the Tamil Nadu Health Systems Project (TNHSP), Dr S Uma, following a complaint from the project manager of United India Insurance Company stating that “ the cancer patients who seek treatment at the GRH were methodically prosecuted and transferred to the private hospital – Mohan’s Medicity Hospital – by the doctors of the GRH, thus leading to a loss of income of “61.29.760 at the TNHSP and” 1 57.62 242 at the HRM from January 2019 to January 2021 ”. Notably, Dr Mahalakshmi held the post of Head (Head) of the Radiation Oncology Department of the HRM during the said two-year period and the private hospital is owned by his father, Dr BKC Mohan Prasad, a surgeon-oncologist. renamed who previously held the position of Head of Department at GRH.

A four-member committee comprising Chief Minister’s Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme (CMCHIS) V Mohana Chandran, State Coordinator of Tamil Nadu Emergency and Accident Care Initiative (TAEI) Dr S Maruthu Thurai, Co-Director of CMCHIS Dr S Ravi Babu and Radiation Oncologist at Thoothukudi Medical College and Hospital, Dr Lalitha conducted a two-day survey at the HRM on December 7th and 8th.

Subsequently, two GRH employees, namely Charles, 26-year-old data entry operator, from K Pudur, and Aruna Devi, 42-year-old lab technician, from Thirunagar, who had a connection with the oncologist and facilitated the transfer of patients were dismissed by the dean. Dr Rathinavel on December 9 based on oral recommendations from the Board of Inquiry. A day later, Dr Mahalakshmi Prasad was relieved of the Radiation Oncology Department and delegated to the Madurai Medical College Institute of Community Medicine by the Dean as a preliminary step taken as part of his official duties.

“In submitting its report, the committee mentioned that there was evidence of referral of HRM patients to Mohan Medical Hospital and that Dr Mahalakshmi acted detrimentally to the growth of the Radiation Oncology Department of government institution, ”the government said. order (GO) of December 24, consulted by TNIE.

“Upon considering the recommendations of the Committee on Ministerial Disciplinary Procedures, the state government orders the transfer of Associate Professor Dr Mahalakshmi Prasad to the Arignar Anna Memorial Cancer Research Institute in Kancheepuram in the vacant position. The DME is urged to take action to recover the amount of lost revenue from those responsible for the default, ”the GO added. On the basis of the GO, the DME, in its order (dated December 24) ordered the dean of the HRM to take action, following which the dean Dr Rathinavel transferred the female doctor on Saturday.


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