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12 days after suspension, Sundargarh CDMO Pankaj Patel reinstated in service

25/10/2019 at 2:17 PM

Bhubaneswar: Twelve days after Dr Pankaj Kumar Patel, the Sundargrh Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO), was suspended for negligence in duty and lapses in implementation of “Mo Sarkar”, he was reinstated into service on Thursday.

He was posted as senior consultant (Medicine) in Sambalpur District Headquarters Hospital (DHH).

The Health and Family Welfare Department has issued an order to this effect. His suspension had evoked strong reactions from people, medicos and opposition parties.

On October 13, a three-member team led by 5T Secretary V Karthikeyan Pandian had visited the Sundargarh DHH. During the visit some patients’ attendants complained that cooked food was not served to the patients. The State Government had promptly suspended Patel and also served show cause notice on district Collector Nikhil Pavan Kalyan for non-implementation of “Mo Sarkar” initiatives.

Protesting the suspension BJP resorted to Sundargarh bandh demanding revocation of the suspension.

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