Doc­tor who missed dy­ing pa­tient signs sent to jail

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AN OUT-OF-HOURS doc­tor has been jailed for manslaugh­ter af­ter he failed to send a se­ri­ously ill man to hospi­tal as an emer­gency.

In­dian-born Dr Bala Kov­vali ( above) ig­nored the clas­sic signs of di­a­betes-re­lated acids build­ing up in An­drew Fel­lows, 42.

He told Mr Fel­lows’ mum that her son, a painter and dec­o­ra­tor from Sh­effield, was de­pressed and had a headache and should see his own doc­tor the next day, but hours later he died from di­a­betic ke­toaci­do­sis.

Kov­vali, 64, who was work­ing for care agency Primecare at the time, ad­mit­ted caus­ing his death by gross neg­li­gence.

Ian Wall, Pro­fes­sor of Foren­sic Medicine, told a court a sim­ple blood sugar test would have de­tected this and could have saved him had he been taken to hospi­tal and given in­sulin.

Jail­ing the doc­tor at Sh­effield Crown Court for two-and-ahalf years Judge Roger Keen told him: “It was crim­i­nal neg­li­gence and a wholly pre­ventable death fol­lowed.” AL­WAYS take £100 to the cash­point. If it re­fuses you money avoid em­barass­ment by pre­tend­ing to re­move this wad from the ma­chine and

walk away smil­ing.

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