Doctor who missed dying patient signs sent to jail
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
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