A doctor who was suspended twice from the San Fernando General Hospital returns today as medical director of the institution.
Dr Anand Chatoorgoon, an anaesthetist, confirmed yesterday that he had signed a one-year contract with the South West Regional Health Authority (SWRHA) to assume the position of medical director.
Chatoorgoon was suspended in 1998 for removing a patient from life support, and again in 2011 when pregnant mother Crystal Ramsumair died after obstetric surgery.
“Yes, I have been given a one-year contract with the South West Regional Health Authority (SWRHA),” he told the Express in a telephone interview yesterday.
Attempts to contact SWRHA chairman Dr Lackram Bodoe to comment on the new appointments were unsuccessful.
Chatoorgoon shot into the news in 1988, when he was the lead anaesthetist in an historic kidney transplant operation at San Fernando General Hospital. Following this, he was promoted to the position of consultant anaesthetist.
While acting as medical director in 2011, he was suspended during an investigation into Ramsumair’s death. During the investigation his contract was terminated.
He left the hospital to pursue his private practice. Earlier this year, the position of medical director was advertised and Chatoorgoon applied and was selected by the board to head hospital operations.