HEALTH & CORRUPTION: Doctor shifted to Calcutta

HEALTH & CORRUPTION: Doctor shifted to Calcutta – and now the cover-up, classic Bengal ?!!

Bappa and his family - Bengal adding insult to injury ?!! (TT)

FROM THE TELEGRAPH CORRESPONDENT

Siliguri, Aug. 23: The government today transferred Sagar Narang, the surgeon who had been indicted by an expert panel probing a doctor-tout nexus at the North Bengal Medical College and Hospital. The surgeon has also been blamed for Bappa Debnath’s death.

The state directorate of medical education issued an order transferring Narang to the National Medical College, Calcutta.

The step against Narang has come after a three-member inquiry constituted by the NBMCH authorities published its report on May 17 finding the doctor guilty of negligence when Bappa, the victim of doctor-tout nexus, was admitted to the hospital on December 11. The report had been sent to the directorate for taking action against Narang.

On Sunday, the Debnath family filed an FIR against Narang alleging that because of him Bappa was forced to take his life.

“We received an order from S.N. Banerjee, the director of medical education, intimating us that Narang has been transferred to Calcutta National Medical College. The transfer will come to effect soon,” said J.B. Saha, the NBMCH principal.

NBMCH patient Bappa when alive - a poor victim of a non-punishable rich corruption system prevalent in Bengal ?!! (TT)

This afternoon, around 50 Trinamul Congress supporters and relatives and neighbours of Bappa confined Saha and NBMCH superintendent Samir Ghosh Roy for two hours, demanding action on the basis of the inquiry report.

“During the two-hour siege, the principal received a fax from the DME saying that Narang had been debarred from attending duty at the NBMCH. We lifted our gherao at 1.30pm after Saha assured us that the order would be implemented tomorrow. Later, we got to know that Narang’s transfer order had been issued,” Vedabrata Dutta, a Trinamul leader said.

Bappa’s family demanded that penal action be taken against Narang. “We do not consider transfer a punishment. Narang’s guilt has been proved in the inquiry and the DME should take action against him,” said Paresh Chakraborty, Bappa’s relative.

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