Doctor accuses Government General Hospital of sidelining him

Doctor accuses Government General Hospital of sidelining him
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Civil Assistant Surgeon Dr S Sydanna of Government General Hospital (GGH) has accused the hospital administration of bowing to pressure from a section of his colleagues and sidelining him from a department of Ophthalmology where he worked for eight years from June 2006 to May 3, 2014. 

Anantapur: Civil Assistant Surgeon Dr S Sydanna of Government General Hospital (GGH) has accused the hospital administration of bowing to pressure from a section of his colleagues and sidelining him from a department of Ophthalmology where he worked for eight years from June 2006 to May 3, 2014.

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  • Says professional jealousy might be the reason
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  • GGH hospital superintendent Dr A Jaganath refutes Sydanna’s allegations
  • Sydanna popular among the poorer sections of patients

In his memorandum to the Collector and also to the GGH superintendent, Sydanna said that he was shifted from the department out of mere professional jealousy at a time when he was even awarded for his meritorious performance of performing 4,123 surgeries during his eight-year stint as a surgeon.

Under the National Programme for Control of Blindness (NPCB), he performed the highest number of cataract/IOL operations ever done in government hospitals to the poorest of poor patients. He maintained that he was temporarily withdrawn from the Department of Ophthalmology on flimsy grounds but was never allowed to return to the department.

Sydanna, who was posted as the civil assistant surgeon in the Casualty department says that he offered to perform surgeries while carrying out his regular duties in his department. His contention was that the hospital should use his services as a surgeon and give him an opportunity to serve the poor.

Dr Sydanna was well known among the poorer sections of patients and were demanding his services for quite some time. GGH superintendent Dr A Jaganath, when contacted, refused to agree with the accusation of the medical officer Sydanna that he was deliberately sidelined.

He was appointed as a civil assistant surgeon and the Casualty required his services more than the Department of Ophthalmology as there are enough number of eye surgeons to take care of the hospital and the patients’ requirements. He termed his demand to return to surgeries and his appointment as a civil assistant surgeon as a mismatch.

He added that he is free to represent his case to the Director of Medical Education. He described the medical officer's discontentment as an outcome of communication gap.

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