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Doctor who altered medical record advises health-care supervisors

FORMER head of the newborn clinic at Nitra Hospital Alena Ďurišová, who lost her job after altering a medical record, nearly resulting in the death of a baby, currently serves as consultant to the Health Care Supervision Authority (ÚDZS).

Illustrative stock photo(Source: SME)

She focuses on the care of newborns, the Sme daily wrote.

“The ÚDZS does not have a reason to cast doubt on the qualification of the doctor in question,” the authority’s spokesperson Soňa Valášiková told Sme when explaining why they chose Ďurišová.

The ÚDZS chooses its advisors based on recommendations from the Slovak Medical Association and chief experts from the Health Ministry. The posts are often filled with experts with years-long experience; professors, associate professors, senior doctors and heads of hospitals, Valášiková explained. Ďurišová is an associate professor and served as the hospital’s head, until she was dismissed, Sme wrote.

Ďurišová did not answer the daily’s questions. Some consider the fact that she serves as advisor proof that the ÚDZS does not work as it should, as reported by Sme.

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In March 2013, Michal, a premature baby, was born with pneumonia. Personnel from Nitra Hospital treated Michal with what might have been excessive doses of Gentamicin, an antibiotic. After experiencing acute renal failure, the boy was transferred to the Children’s Faculty Hospital in Bratislava, where the staff noted suspicions of excessive Gentamicin in Michal’s medical record, as reported by Sme.

Later, during a second hospitalisation in Nitra, a doctor signed off on the notations from the Children’s Faculty Hospital. Sometime after this, the notations about Gentamicin disappeared, and it is alleged that Ďurišová erased them from the record.

The ÚDZS has been recently connected with several scandals uncovered in the health-care sector. The husband of its head Monika Pažinková has been doing business with the son of Anna Součková, the owner of companies which signed several dubious contracts with state-run health insurer Všeobecná Zdravotná Poisťovňa (VšZP) at the time it was led by her nephew, Marcel Forain, Sme wrote.

Read also:Actors in latest health care scandal are connected

 

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