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DISGRACED DOC PRAVEEN KUMAR IN SURGERY STOUSH

Townsville Bulletin - - FRONT PAGE - LUCY SMITH lucy.smith@news.com.au

PA­TIENTS at a Kir­wan med­i­cal cen­tre were left shocked by an ugly con­fronta­tion be­tween its di­rec­tor Dr Praveen Kumar and a staff doc­tor.

A Townsville woman, who asked not to be named, said she was at My Fam­ily Doc­tors last Fri­day when Dr Kumar, known as “Dr PK”, started swear­ing at the man over the treat­ment of a pa­tient.

She said the con­fronta­tion con­tin­ued out­side the prac­tice, where she later saw Dr Kumar ( right) with what looked to be blood on his hands and the other doc­tor bleed­ing from his eye­brow.

Dr Kumar’s reg­is­tra­tion was sus­pended last year af­ter an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into al­le­ga­tions he slept with a pa­tient and fa­thered a child with an­other. He is also due to face court this month af­ter al­legedly chok­ing a woman in March.

PA­TIENTS at a Kir­wan med­i­cal cen­tre have been shocked by an ugly con­fronta­tion be­tween its di­rec­tor and a doc­tor.

A Townsville woman, who did not wish to be named, said she was in the wait­ing area at My Fam­ily Doc­tors on Fri­day af­ter­noon when the di­rec­tor, Dr Praveen Kumar, started swear­ing at a staff doc­tor.

“An el­derly lady’s fin­ger had been cut open … they were ar­gu­ing and ( Dr Kumar) was swear­ing ‘ If I told you to do the stitch, you do the f-----stitch’,” she said.

The woman said the con­fronta­tion hap­pened in front of her five- year- old daugh­ter and an­other young girl, as well as sev­eral other adults in the wait­ing room. She said she heard the men ar­gu­ing out­side the med­i­cal cen­tre af­ter­wards.

“What I thought was sad was the way ( Dr Kumar) was speak­ing to staff. My child was scared, the other woman’s child was scared,” she said.

The woman said “af­ter 10 min­utes” she stepped out­side to tell the two men to “quit it”.

The woman said she saw Dr Kumar with what looked to be blood on his hands. She said the other doc­tor was bleed­ing from his eye­brow.

The woman posted her story to Face­book with a video of the men stand­ing out­side the prac­tice. Last night the video had been shared 412 times and viewed more than 36,000 times.

The woman said the con­fronta­tion had shaken her daugh­ter. “I think it’s dis­gust­ing. We’re go­ing to the doc­tors for help and we’ve had to wit­ness that,” she said.

“( My daugh­ter) shouldn’t have to see two adults ar­gu­ing in front of her. I couldn’t even leave the surgery be­cause they were in the door­way.”

It is un­der­stood the se­cond doc­tor went to po­lice fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent but no of­fi­cial com­plaint was lodged.

Dr Kumar’s med­i­cal reg­is­tra­tion was sus­pended last year af­ter a Health Om­buds­man in­ves­ti­ga­tion found he was an “im­me­di­ate risk” to pa­tients.

The al­le­ga­tions re­late to two women Dr Kumar hired as staff, treated as pa­tients and en­gaged in sex­ual re­la­tion­ships with. The first com­plaint was filed in 2015 and an­other was filed in July last year.

Dr Kumar was granted bail in Townsville Mag­is­trates Court in March, af­ter he al­legedly choked a woman and threat­ened her with a pool cue.

He is due back in court this month, charged with four counts of com­mon as­sault, chok­ing, breach­ing bail, two counts of as­sault caus­ing bod­ily harm, tak­ing reprisal, threat­en­ing vi­o­lence and wil­ful dam­age.

Dr Kumar did not re­spond to numer­ous re­quests for com­ment from the Bulletin.

SURGERY STOUSH: Dr Praveen Kumar and ( in­set) pic­tured ( far left) out­side My Fam­ily Doc­tors in the af­ter­math of a con­fronta­tion with a staff doc­tor ( far right).

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