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Locum GP from India is jailed for manslaughter in UK after failing to spot diabetic ketoacidosis

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f1042 (Published 14 February 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1042
  1. Clare Dyer
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A locum GP who worked out of hours has been jailed for two and a half years at Sheffield Crown Court after admitting the manslaughter of a 42 year old man who died after the doctor failed to recognise the signs of diabetic ketoacidosis.

Bala Kovvali, 64, was based in India but flew to the United Kingdom every summer to work for the national deputising service Primacare. He had qualified in India but had trained as a GP in the UK.

He admitted causing the death of Andrew Fellows by failing to carry out an adequate clinical assessment, failing to refer him to …

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