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Another Indian doctor in docks - a conspiracy or fraud

Posted by Dr Sanjay Kumar Cardiothoracic Cardiac Heart Surgeon India on February 25, 2014 at 9:45 PM Comments comments (0)

25  feb  2014

London: An Indian doctor working in Britain's National Health Service (NHS) who submitted forged timesheets to claim more than 40,000 pounds has been convicted and jailed for one year.


DebChattopadhyay, 39, had been hired by the South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust to work short stints on four occasions at South Tyneside District Hospital.


But after her employment ended in February 2004, she went on to forge three of her former seniors' signatures to claim for a further 11 months' work, the Newcastle Crown Court heard.


She denied 10 offences of obtaining money by deception, three of forgery and one of attempting to obtain money by deception. She had claimed there had been a conspiracy against her, but a jury convicted her last month on all of the counts.


The sentence was pronounced in Newcastle late last week. The court was told on Friday that  had repaid 30,000 pounds of the money she stole, reports from Newcastle said.



"You, as a professional doctor, were trusted by your colleagues. You had no need of the money you had taken.


"In addition you brought suspicion on others working at the hospital and in your defence at trial you suggested not only that the investigating officer had planted evidence but that he was part of a conspiracy with others to bring about your ruin."


The judge also ordered Mukhopadhyay-Chattopadhyay, who has a young daughter, to repay a further 7,000 pounds compensation.


Christopher Knox, defending lawyer, said none of the money had been spent on high living. "She was a respectable, professional woman up to the date of her conviction. She is humiliated by this verdict. She has lost a huge amount," he said.


She came to Britain from India to improve her knowledge of obstetrics and gynaecology.

GMC to hold listening events after concern over treatment of ethnic minority and international doctors - India

Posted by Dr Sanjay Kumar Cardiothoracic Cardiac Heart Surgeon India on November 29, 2013 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (0)

27 nov 2013

GMC to hold listening events after concern over treatment of ethnic minority and international doctors

Exclusive: The GMC is to hold a series of listening events with overseas doctors and those from minority ethnic groups after concern was raised over the outcome of several fitness to practise panels.

The regulator said it would run focus groups among overseas and BME doctors in December and January to gauge their perception of the GMC.

The move comes after the British International Doctors Association (BIDA) discussed 13 specific cases with the regulator amid concerns that the ethnicity of BME doctors was determining the outcome of fitness to practise panels.

The GMC said that it did not find any evidence of unfavourable treatment on the grounds of ethnicity, but that it was keen to‘understand the experiences’ of overseas and BME doctors.

The first focus group, which the GMC has commissioned to independent agency NatCen, was due to take place on 4 December in Manchester, followed by six more across the UK.

The move is a bid to counter concerns over the way it deals with performance concerns regarding international doctors.

The GMC’s research proposal for the focus groups, obtained by Pulse, said: ‘Anecdotal feedback suggests that other core functions of the GMC are also perceived as conveying some degree of discrimination. For example, in some quarters, there is the belief that some doctors face a more expedient, simpler, registration process than others.

‘Given the challenges referred to above, we are committed to improving the perceptions of our work amongst these protected groups. Whilst we know that the GMC is perceived negatively in some quarters, we do not know how widely held such views are. This study will therefore address this evidence gap through establishing a robust baseline for current perceptions of the GMC amongst BME doctors.’

Dr Umesh Prabhu, vice-president of BIDA and a consultant paediatrician, said it had been raising the issue with the GMC for the past three years, but recently had discussed 18 cases it had identified with the regulator.

He said: ‘We have been telling them our concerns about the way doctors are regulated in this country and I have given them details of some cases where even the GMC’s own decision has shocked me.

‘We gave them 13 cases where we could not find anything other than ethnicity which determined the outcome.’

He said that in the meeting the GMC had ‘acknowledged their internal processes can be improved’ and that they were ‘delighted’ with the steps the regulator was taking to resolve the issue.

GMC chair Niall Dickson said they had reviewed the 18 cases and did not find any evidence of unfavourable treatment, but that they wanted to analyse the issues more closely.

He said: ‘It is always difficult to second guess decisions that have been made following a hearing, but we could not find any evidence of adverse and/or favourable treatment on the grounds of ethnicity or race in the decisions reached in these cases.

‘This is an extremely complex issue and there is much we still do not know. We do receive a higher number of complaints about BME doctors from the NHS, the police and employers generally. We are undertaking further analysis and research, including surveys and focus groups with doctors including overseas and BME doctors to understand their experiences.’

Figures seen by Pulse reveal that the GMC has made a concerted effort this year to revamp the representation of minority ethnic groups, women and younger doctors on its fitness to practise panels.

Around 42% of the 57 new appointees to fitness to practice panels this year have been from black and minority ethnic (BME) groups. At the start of 2012, 16% of fitness to practise panel members were BME.

A spokesperson from the GMC said it was working with ‘representative organisations from across the medical profession, including BME organisations, to ensure we reached the widest possible range of doctors’.

Its most recent advertisement said it would ‘welcome applications from people with a range of backgrounds, including members of black and minority ethnic (BME) communities, women, people under the age of 45 and people with disabilities’.

The GMC set up its BME Diversity Committee three years ago, which has been meeting regularly and includes representatives from British Association Of Physicians Of Indian Origin and the British International Doctors Association among others.

Dr Kailash Chand, deputy chair of BMA Council, said: ‘For the last 20 years, I have been discussing this issue with many organisations. We know and the GMC itself knows that there is a certain perception among IMGs and BMEs, whether it is culture or education, they are definitely at a disadvantage right from the complaint ending up with the GMC.

‘I am not complaining about the GMC. We don’t know if this is a reality or perception but the issue is definitely important.’

Dr Brian Keighley, a GP in Glasgow and the chairman of the BMA’s GMC Working Party, said: ‘I know the GMC has made strenuous efforts to make their processes as fair as they can, but there is still a perception among that group of doctors that there is unfairness.

‘The problem is isolating where that unfairness is. Anything they do to further explore that issue is welcomed.’

Hyderabad: The body of a one-and-half-year-old girl, who slipped from arms of her father, an NRI doctor, and fell into the Musi river here Thursday, was recovered Friday, police said. After frantic search by expert swimmers, the body of Maanvi was found

Posted by Dr Sanjay Kumar Cardiothoracic Cardiac Heart Surgeon India on August 17, 2013 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (8)

17  aug  2013

Hyderabad: The body of a one-and-half-year-old girl, who slipped from arms of her father, an NRI doctor, and fell into the Musi river here Thursday, was recovered Friday, police said.

After frantic search by expert swimmers, the body of Maanvi was found at Marripalli bridge in Hayatnagar 'mandal' of neighbouring Ranga Reddy district.

The girl was washed away in the swirling water Thursday afternoon after she slipped from the arms of her father, Megha Shyam Reddy, a doctor based in Britain.

Shyam Reddy was showing her the river from a bridge at Nagole when she fell down and was washed away. His son, 10-year-old Pramek Reddy, was standing a few feet away.

The NRI doctor told police that he was holding the toddler in his arms and showing the flowing water when she suddenly moved and slipped.

The police had called expert swimmers to trace the child. The fire service personnel and municipal workers also joined the efforts, which were hampered by thick grass, dirt and thorny bushes. Even the boats of tourism departments were used for the search operation but the child could not be traced till late Thursday.

The rescue workers resumed the search Friday morning and found the body.

British Indian dentist 'bullied and harassed' by NHS before suicide - India

Posted by Dr Sanjay Kumar Cardiothoracic Cardiac Heart Surgeon India on August 11, 2013 at 11:40 PM Comments comments (0)

11 aug  2013

British Indian dentist 'bullied and harassed' before suicide, says wife

London: A British Indian dentist from Yorkshire committed suicide after allegedly being "bullied and harassed" by the National Health Service which threatened disciplinary action against him over keeping of records at his clinic, an inquest heard.

Dr Anand Kamath, 42, was under investigation by the National Health Service (NHS) over record-keeping at Rothwell Dental Surgery, which he ran with his wife and fellow dentist Dr Rajni Prasad in the city of Leeds.

An inquest heard last week that the father of three felt "bullied and harassed" and took his own life after receiving a letter from the NHS warning him that he could be reported to the General Dental Council.

"They behaved like bullies and drove a loyal NHS servant over the edge. He just couldn't take the anxiety," his 42-year-old wife told the inquest.

"When the letter came, that was the final straw. He gave everything to the NHS. His reward for caring for thousands of patients no other practice would take was to be threatened with the most severe disciplinary action over administrative matters which we agreed straightaway needed improvement," she added.

According to the Sunday Mirror, Dr Kamath and his wife had for 10 years treated only NHS patients in an area of Leeds where there were no other NHS government-backed dentists.

The couple had taken on 10,000 patients, four times that of the average practice, to help out patients who could not afford the high costs of private dentistry.

Their record-keeping suffered in the process and Rajni Prasad found her husband with his wrists cut at their home in Pudsey, near Leeds, in December last year.

The British Dental Association has called for an inquiry into the circumstances behind the suicide of Dr Kamath.

Recording a verdict of suicide, Wakefield coroner David Hinchliff said: "There had been a complaint and an investigation, not about his ability as a dentist, but in relation to record-keeping which had put him and his wife under an intolerable strain."

"It seems he was in grave danger of being removed from the list of practitioners which would have ended his career. It appears all of this just became too much and he had taken action to end his own life," he said.

Hinchliff added that unreasonable pressure exerted on Dr Kamath by the trust "pushed a good man over the edge".

Surrogacy in India: Government moves to ban foreigners? - India

Posted by Dr Sanjay Kumar Cardiothoracic Cardiac Heart Surgeon India on August 10, 2013 at 11:15 PM Comments comments (0)

10  aug  2013

MumbaiThe Union Health Ministry's move to tighten rules for surrogacy through the Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Bill 2010 which is to be introduced in Cabinet has created a controversy.

According to sources, the proposal aims to ban foreigners from surrogacy in India and leaves it open only to married, infertile, Indian origin couples.

Dr Sudhir Ajja, Founder-Director of Surrogacy India, a private firm that offers surrogacy assistance to couples, says, "It is extremely surprising that Director General of Health Services has proposed an amendment that foreigners should not be allowed. I fail to understand why we are going backwards. The Supreme Court has said commercial surrogacy is a legal industry. Supreme Court has decriminalised homosexuality. Supreme Court has said that live-in relationships are legal. I don't understand why anyone would want to ban foreigners or unmarried couples."

For Swedish couple Anna and Martin, who have become proud parents to a newborn girl through an Indian surrogate mother, the news comes as a worry.

They had planned to have a second child through surrogacy in India.

Speaking to NDTV, Anna said, "I had a uterus condition so I could not get pregnant. This was a dream come true. This was the only possible way of having a child."

Her husband said, "It's the best day of my life, all thanks to the possibility of coming to India and having a surrogate baby."

However, the new proposal may simply disqualify couples like Anna and Martin.

In India, about 25,000 children are born through in-vitro fertilization or the IVF technique. India is the world's no 1 destination for surrogacy but the sector is totally unregulated.

A CII report says that 10,000 foreigners visit India for reproductive services. The bill, experts say, is a necessity to address the ethical and legal issues pertaining to surrogacy. Some of the proposals, however, like the one which says only couples married for two years can have a surrogate baby are downright illogical say doctors. For firms like Surrogacy India, 90 per cent of the clientele are foreigners.

Surrogacy been pushed into the mainstream by actors like Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan who opted to have children through the procedure. But the government's plans to regulate the surrogacy industry may actually end up killing it if the proposal to ban foreign couples from having surrogate babies in India goes through.

PIL filed in SC on US surveillance of internet data - India

Posted by Dr Sanjay Kumar Cardiothoracic Cardiac Heart Surgeon India on June 18, 2013 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (0)

18  june  2018

New Delhi: The issue of the US National Security Agency monitoring internet data of India on Tuesday reached the Supreme Court with a PIL filed seeking its direction to the Centre to initiate action against internet companies for sharing information with foreign authority in "breach" of contract and violation of right to privacy.

The PIL, filed by a former Dean of Law Faculty of Delhi University Professor S N Singh, alleged such largescale spying by the USA authorities is detrimental to national security and urged the apex court to intervene in the matter.

"As per reports, US-based nine internet companies, operating in India through agreements signed with Indian users, shared 6.3 billion information/data with National Security Agency of USA without express consent of the Indian users.

Such large scale spying by the USA authorities besides being against the privacy norms is also detrimental to national security," the petition, filed through advocate Virag Gupta, said.

Singh submitted it is a breach of national security as government's official communication has come under the US surveillance as the services of private internet companies are being used by them and he also referred that after the Mumbai terror attack the Prime Minister’s Office issued a statement from a Hotmail address of Microsoft Corp.

"Petition filed in Public Interest seeking a direction to Centre to take urgent steps to safeguard the government's sensitive internet communications which is 'Record' as per provisions of Public Records Act and it’s secrecy to be maintained as per Official Secrets Act but same is being kept outside India in US servers, which is unlawfully intruded by USA Intelligence Agencies through US-based internet companies under secret surveillance program called PRISM," he said.

He submitted the government and its officials be restrained from using US-based internet companies for official communication and all such companies, which are doing business in India, must establish their servers here so that they can be regulated as per Indian Laws.

American Air says systems restored, expects more cancellations - India

Posted by Dr Sanjay Kumar Cardiothoracic Cardiac Heart Surgeon India on April 16, 2013 at 11:00 PM Comments comments (0)

17  apr  2013

American Air says systems restored, expects more cancellations


American Air says systems restored, expects more cancellations

American Airlines said its computer systems were restored and flights had resumed after intermittent outages on Tuesday forced it to ground hundreds of US flights, but warned travellers to expect some cancellations to continue for a second day.

American, which operates more than 3,500 daily flights worldwide, said it saw no evidence that its technical problems were related to recent events in Boston, where bombings at the finish line of the city's marathon on Monday killed three and injured many others.

The problem with the computer systems began in mid-morning and prompted American to ask the US Federal Aviation Administration to ground its flights until 4 p.m. CDT (2100 GMT).

American, a unit of AMR Corp, said its systems were restored as of 3:30 pm CDT (2030 GMT).

"Flights have resumed, but we expect cancellations and delays throughout the remainder of the day," the carrier said in a statement.

In an updated statement the carrier said some cancellations were likely on Wednesday as well, although they would be few in number.

"Flights from our hubs and international flights having been re-started and we will reposition aircraft and crew throughout the evening," it said.

Asked if there was a safety issue involved, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said American requested the flight halt based on its operational needs. Huerta added he was not aware of any suggestion that American's computer systems had been hacked.

"Not that I'm aware of," Huerta said when asked if American's computer systems had been disabled by a cyber-attack.

Flight tracking service FlightAware said American had canceled 720 flights, including 400 at Dallas/Fort Worth and 200 at Chicago, two of its major hub cities.

At Los Angeles International Airport, another key hub, airline staff began rebooking passengers by early afternoon, airport spokeswoman Nancy S. Castles said.

Mark Duell, vice president of operations at FlightAware, said American hubs at New York's John F. Kennedy and Miami airports would also experience significant delays.

American, based in Fort Worth, Texas, said that it would provide full refunds to travelers whose plans were not flexible and added there would be no charge for changing reservations. The carrier said customers who needed to travel on Tuesday could rebook with American or another airline and it would honor any fare difference.

Other carriers have also had problems with computer reservation systems. Last year, computer outages at United Continental Holdings stranded passengers at airports around the country.

American plans to merge with rival US Airways Group later this year to form the world's biggest air carrier.

Kolkata student leader's death: It's a 'petty matter', says Mamata Banerjee - India

Posted by Dr Sanjay Kumar Cardiothoracic Cardiac Heart Surgeon India on April 4, 2013 at 8:55 PM Comments comments (0)

04  apr  2013

Kolkata student leader's death: It's a 'petty matter', says Mamata Banerjee

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today created a controversy by saying that young activist Sudipto Gupta's death was a "petty matter" and no reason for students in Kolkata to protest over.


"It is a petty matter. It was an accident. It's very unfortunate. It is not police assault," she said on a trip to Bangalore. 


Mr Gupta was a member of the Students Federation of India (SFI), which says that he was beaten repeatedly on the head by the police when it arrested a group of activists protesting against Ms Banerjee's decision to postpone college union elections. The SFI is the youth wing of the CPI(M). 


CCTV shows protesters allegedly beating up cop Ms Banerjee has backed the police, which says he hit his head on a lamp-post when he fell out of a bus that was meant to move the arrested students to prison.


Mr Gupta, 22, was cremated last night with thousands lining the streets to pay tribute to him.


An autopsy report shows Mr Gupta had a broken jaw and fractures on his head as well as injury marks all over his body, and that all the injuries were sustained before his death.


The State Human Rights Commission will investigate the death, and has asked the police to submit a report within a week.


"My son's death was not an accident....I want justice," said Mr Gupta's father, Pranab Gupta, to NDTV today.


His daughter created a controversy last night when she said on a television channel, "The CPM brainwashed my brother. The leaders used him for the party's interest."


Today, she clarified that her remarks had been made under emotional stress.


"Our appeal to the media is please don't jump to a conclusion because the way the incident is being projected is not right. We have launched a thorough investigation and the forensic team has visited the spot," Joint Commissioner of Police (Hqs) Javed Shamim said.

Everest, Kilimanjaro pop up on Google Maps Street View - India

Posted by Dr Sanjay Kumar Cardiothoracic Cardiac Heart Surgeon India on March 18, 2013 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

18  mar  2013

Google Maps Street View Some of the world's highest peaks are the latest additions to Google Maps.

The world's biggest mountains are starting to come into view on Google Maps, including Mount Everest, Kilimanjaro, Aconcagua, and Mount Elbrus.

"While there's nothing quite like standing on the mountain, with Google Maps you can instantly transport yourself to the top of these peaks and enjoy the sights without all of the avalanches, rock slides, crevasses, and dangers from altitude and weather that mountaineers face," the company said in a blog post.

Google also posted a gallery of some favorite images from the company's mountaineering photo shoots, and a separate blog post from one of the members of the team who went on the journey.


The Indian-origin noodle seller who became a billionaire - India

Posted by Dr Sanjay Kumar Cardiothoracic Cardiac Heart Surgeon India on March 17, 2013 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (0)

17  mar  2013

The Indian-origin noodle seller who became a billionaire

Kathmandu: Run by Maoist revolutionaries and plagued by poverty, Nepal is not the most obvious place to make big bucks.


But Binod Chaudhary, the country's first billionaire, sees no reason why his breakthrough shouldn't inspire other success stories.


"I am proof to the younger generation that you can accomplish things here," Chaudhary told AFP as he surveyed a smog-choked Kathmandu from his penthouse, which is decorated with classical Nepalese art and wood carvings.


  "Nepal has the potential to make a quantum leap within a very short period of time," said the entrepreneur, who took over the family's import-export business and turned it into a global conglomerate.


The 57-year-old industrialist heads the family-run Chaudhary Group. It has diverse holdings spread across several countries including Singapore-based Cinnovation, which has interests in hospitality, real estate, finance and cement.


He is best known for his flagship brand Wai Wai noodles, which he launched in Nepal in the mid-1980s. Manufacturing expanded to India in 2005 and they are now sold in 30 Asian countries.


Earlier this month, the married father of three sons became the first Nepalese to be named in Forbes magazine's billionaire rich list - a recognition he likened to winning a Nobel.


"Today's economy is one of ideas, and there's no monopoly on ideas in rich countries, they can come from Nepal too," said the fan of Indian spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, who he cites as a role model.


According to the Asian Development Bank, the average annual income in Nepal is less than $600 and surveys regularly place it in the top 10 per cent of the world's poorest countries.


It is only five years since the Maoists toppled Nepal's monarchy, reviled for their ostentatious wealth and lifestyle. Although a caretaker government is now steering Nepal towards elections, the former rebels still largely call the shots.


While its influential giant neighbours China and India have made huge strides in the last two decades, Nepal has seen its development stall in the same period.


A 10-year civil war hardly helped but Chaudhary says Nepal's location has also fostered a wariness about wealth creation.


Nepal should be thriving as a result of its neighbours' rapid development, but the Nepalese people need to shed the "unfounded idea that if we become too prosperous someone is going to come and grab it".


Chaudhary's wealth has ballooned largely because of foreign investments and operations - despite a Nepalese law that prevents its citizens investing abroad.


The former member of parliament internationalised in part through his sons, who moved initially to Singapore and the US, and now Dubai.


"He used loopholes," said Prateek Pradhan, editor of a Nepalese economic daily. "He became a billionaire in an economically closed country - that's impressive."


Experts say this path to fortune is typical of entrepreneurs in developing countries.


"Going outside the country for capital and expansion is an efficient response to domestic challenges," said Tarun Khanna, Harvard Business School professor and director of the university's South Asia Institute.


Chaudhary's grandfather, Bhuramull, was a textile trader who migrated from Rajasthan in the 1930s to Kathmandu and soon began supplying goods to Nepal's ruling family.


His father launched export operations to the US and Europe, and imported goods from Japan and Korea.


Chaudhary junior never attended university and joined the family business at the age of 18.


The company expanded to Singapore in the early 1990s and continued growth during Nepal's 1996-2006 civil war between Maoist rebels and government forces.


After a period as a member of parliament, Chaudhary says he is now looking for "a new role to serve and develop Nepal", a country of 27 million.


He believes the private sector - not just government and foreign donors - has a vital part to play if the country is going to lift itself out of poverty.


Eyeing a potential return to politics, he wants to make sure it's the right move for him and the country.


"I love living in Nepal," he said.