Doctor sacked for faking presence in Bapatla, Andhra – The New Indian Express

By Express press service

VIJAYAWADA: A doctor has been suspended on a series of charges, including deceiving authorities by recording his biometric attendance using artificial fingerprints. Dr. Bhanu Prakash, a doctor at the Primary Health Center (PHC) in Guntupalli village in Bapatla district, skipped his post and ran a private clinic in Martur. He managed to make his presence felt with the help of junior staff. He was also accused of sexually harassing auxiliary nurse midwives (ANM) and doing his job while intoxicated.

The villagers raised the issue with Health Minister Vidala Rajini, who went to the PHC and immediately suspended the doctor. The staff informed the minister that the PHC had 17 ANMs and that Dr. Bhanu Prakash allegedly sexually harassed a few of them. Videos of the military doctor carrying out reprehensible activities on the premises, which were allegedly shot by local media, were also shown to the minister. It was reported that despite the evidence against Dr Bhanu Prakash, no action was taken as he was backed by a district level official.

The staff explained to the minister that he imposed his fingerprints on latex and took the help of a rubber stamp maker to make an artificial thumb at a cost of Rs 2,000 to Rs 3,000 and used it to register his presence. Artificial fingerprints could only be used for six months, Rajini was told.
The incident is gaining momentum at a time when the state government plans to introduce a facial recognition app for all government employees to register their attendance.

The attendance grading system via the facial recognition app was implemented for teachers in public schools from September 1, and it is likely to be introduced in colleges and colleges for students as well. The Minister of Health inspected the PHC and expressed his displeasure as there were no hospitalized patients.

The Mandala Siva Narayana village sarpanch alleged that the doctor transferred all the drugs from the PHC to his clinic which was established four years ago. As a result, patients preferred to go to other hospitals,” Narayana said. He called on the government to take tough action against the doctor and replace all staff working at the PHC.

YSRC village chairman Maddineni Ashok said he had received several complaints against Dr Bhanu Prakash and added that the PHC did not have injections for dog and snake bites as the doctor transferred them in his private clinic. The matter was then brought to the attention of the Minister of Health with the help of the Chairman of the Andhra Pradesh Network Company (SAPNET), Bachina Krishna Chaitanya, he added.

Rajini said strict action would be taken against all illegal activities carried out by the doctor and claimed that an investigation would be ordered into the matter. The Minister of Health assured residents that all issues related to the PHC would be resolved.

Artificial latex fingerprints for Rs 2,000-Rs 3,000

Dr Bhanu Prakash, a doctor at the Primary Health Center (PHC) in Guntupalli village in Bapatla, had his fingerprints stamped on latex and hired a rubber stamp manufacturer to make an artificial thumb print at a cost of Rs 2,000 to Rs 3,000 and used it to register his attendance. The artificial fingerprints could be used for six months. He skipped office for two years and set up a private clinic

VIJAYAWADA: A doctor has been suspended on a series of charges, including deceiving authorities by recording his biometric attendance using artificial fingerprints. Dr. Bhanu Prakash, a doctor at the Primary Health Center (PHC) in Guntupalli village in Bapatla district, skipped his post and ran a private clinic in Martur. He managed to make his presence felt with the help of junior staff. He was also accused of sexually harassing auxiliary nurse midwives (ANM) and doing his job while intoxicated. The villagers raised the issue with Health Minister Vidala Rajini, who went to the PHC and immediately suspended the doctor. The staff informed the minister that the PHC had 17 ANMs and that Dr. Bhanu Prakash allegedly sexually harassed a few of them. Videos of the military doctor carrying out reprehensible activities on the premises, which were allegedly shot by local media, were also shown to the minister. It was reported that despite the evidence against Dr Bhanu Prakash, no action was taken as he was backed by a district level official. The staff explained to the minister that he imposed his fingerprints on latex and took the help of a rubber stamp maker to make an artificial thumb at a cost of Rs 2,000 to Rs 3,000 and used it to register his presence. Artificial fingerprints could only be used for six months, Rajini was told. The incident is gaining momentum at a time when the state government plans to introduce a facial recognition app for all government employees to register their attendance. The attendance grading system through the facial recognition app was implemented for teachers in public schools from September 1, and it is likely to be introduced in colleges and colleges for students as well. The Minister of Health inspected the PHC and expressed his displeasure as there were no hospitalized patients. The Mandala Siva Narayana village sarpanch alleged that the doctor transferred all the drugs from the PHC to his clinic which was established four years ago. As a result, patients preferred to go to other hospitals,” Narayana said. He called on the government to take tough action against the doctor and replace all staff working at the PHC. YSRC village chairman Maddineni Ashok said he had received several complaints against Dr Bhanu Prakash and added that the PHC did not have injections for dog and snake bites as the doctor transferred them in his private clinic. The matter was then brought to the attention of the Minister of Health with the help of the Chairman of the Andhra Pradesh Network Company (SAPNET), Bachina Krishna Chaitanya, he added. Rajini said strict action would be taken against all illegal activities carried out by the doctor and claimed that an investigation would be ordered into the matter. The Minister of Health assured residents that all issues related to the PHC would be resolved. Artificial fingerprints made using latex for Rs 2,000-Rs 3,000 Dr. Bhanu Prakash, a doctor at the Primary Health Center (PHC) in Guntupalli village in Bapatla, had his fingerprints imposed on latex and had took the help of a rubber stamp maker to make an artificial thumbprint at a cost of Rs 2,000 to Rs 3,000 and used it to register his presence. The artificial fingerprints could be used for six months. He skipped office for two years and set up a private clinic