Health staff sharing details of Covid patients in Salem? Tamil Nadu government starts probe

District Collector S Karmegam ordered inquiry into allegations that some health department staff were sharing details of Covid-19 patients with private hospitals.

Published: 01st February 2022 05:23 AM  |   Last Updated: 01st February 2022 08:33 AM   |  A+A-

A worker prepares a bed for COVID patients in Commonwealth Games Village in view of the Omicron cases, in New Delhi.

Image used for representational purpose. (Photo | Parveen Negi, EPS)

Express News Service

SALEM: District Collector S Karmegam ordered inquiry into allegations that some health department staff were sharing details of Covid-19 patients with private hospitals.

This follows a complaint by a resident of Pachapatti, whose family tested positive, that he was approached by a private hospital offering treatment at home.  

Details of people visiting government hospitals are recorded and forwarded to respective PHCs. Last week, a private hospital called a Covid patient offering to provide treatment.

The family recorded the conversation and lodged a complaint with the District Collector. K Suresh Babu (49), a resident of Pachapatti, said his mother tested positive on January 24.

Two days later, his son and he tested positive. 

“On the morning of January 27, my son and I visited the Anna Hospital (govt hospital) in Ammapet and doctors advised us home isolation. With hours of coming home, a woman called from a private hospital with details of our family and said the hospital provides treatment at home. When I asked her how she got my details, she did not answer and cut the call,” he said. 

On Monday, officials from the Joint Director (JD) of medical services office conducted an inquiry with Suresh Babu and Gopinath. Joint Director Dr K Nedumaran said, “We visited the hospital on Sunday and they claimed they did not make the call. We are investigating further.”



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp