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Head of Sai Baba Mega Dollar Hospital At Puttaparthi Resigns. Others Quitting Jobs Too

Posted by Barry Pittard on June 26, 2011

The head of Sathya Sai Baba’s multi-million dollar hospital at Puttaparthi, Dr A.N. Safaya has resigned, along with other medical and nursing staff.

Dr A.N. Safaya, Head of Sathya Sai Superspecialty Hospital Resigns, along with other Staff

I only met Dr Safaya once, when I lengthily interviewed him at the Sri Sathya Sai Superspeciality Hospital for an article to be published in the Puttaparthi-based magazine ‘Spiritual Impressions’, which is distributed internationally. My impression was of a gracious, deeply dedicated man. He is highly respected in India and abroad in the medical profession.

I venture to predict that, given a probing Andhra Pradesh government enquiry into the circumstances of Sathya Sai Baba’s death, the circumstances of Dr Safaya’s resignation, and of other medical and nursing staff at the Sai hospital, will show that forces on the Sathya Sai Central Trust, and certain of their agents, have been grossly unscrupulous. And, more widely, criminal.

There are very serious allegations arising in news coverage that those around Sathya Sai Baba prior to his admission to the hospital where he died on 25 April withheld vital medical information from Dr Safaya and other medical experts in attendance.

From other flows of information we are receiving, it looks as though there is a surge of devotees massing, who are very ethical and deeply concerned with what has been withheld from them.

Fast-mounting events indicate that, just as occurred when we began our exposure of Sathya Sai Baba and his cult, circa 2000, many people are leaving the Sathya Sai Organization, and those contemplating membership have decided not to join.

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For those with information, I can be contacted at this blogsite. Or via:  barpittard@gmail.com. Where special security/confidentiality needs may be called for, there are protocols available. My colleague Robert Priddy and I have dealt with many international situations involving private individuals, media, government and institutions, and confidentiality is assured.

It may be that some fear going to various agencies in the Indian state or federal police. A former head of Interpol in Australia has assured me that there are workarounds in situations of this kind. Should anyone in India wish to share this level of information, please feel welcome to write to me.

Barry Pittard, former Lecturer, Sathya Sai College, Whitefield, via Bangalore, South India.

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TIMES OF INDIA

Sai hospital head quits

TNN | Jun 25, 2011, 01.29am IST

PUTTAPARTHI: In yet another indication that the mega Sai empire is undergoing a churn, Dr A N Safaya, director of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences (SSSIHMS), has decided to quit. Safaya, a former head of AIIMS in Delhi, was looking after Sai Baba when he was in the hospital.Along with Safaya several other heads in the super-speciality hospital on the outskirts of Puttaparthi are all set to quit. Sources told TOI that Safaya has decided to quit his job and has informed the Trust authorities about his decision. He is likely to continue till November-end. “After attending Sai Baba’s birthday celebration, Safaya will put in his papers,” insiders in Prasanthi Nilayam said.Safaya, who has been on leave for 24 days, arrived in Puttaparthi on Friday and made known his decision to quit. Sources said Safaya was upset over the happenings in the Trust and the continuous bashing the hospital has been receiving from various quarters. Sources said Safaya was distraught ever since Baba had passed away on April 24. “I came to serve him and wanted to be here for life. But with Baba himself gone, I don’t see myself serving in the hospital,” he reportedly told his close aides. Safaya could not be contacted.“He has already suggested to the Trust to search for a new director,” sources said. Safaya, originally from Kashmir, was handpicked by Sai Baba when he was serving in AIIMS, Delhi, and made director of SSSIHMS in 1990. Sources said Safaya did not want to face the mounting allegations and charges made by family members of Sai Baba over the alleged medical negligence which led to Baba’s death. Baba was admitted to the hospital on March 28 in a critical condition.Safaya faced a lot of flak from devotees and family members when Sai Baba was being treated in the hospital with multi-organ failure. He landed himself in trouble when he claimed that they had no medical case sheet of Sai Baba. “With no Trust member willing to come forward and share the health updates of Baba with the media, Safaya was providing the daily updates and medical bulletins. He had to face a lot of questions from the government team of doctors and senior bureaucrats,” hospital sources said.Also hurt over the continuous bashing of the super-specialty hospital on the medical treatment provided to Sai Baba, heads of some of the key wings in the hospital have decided to quit and are planning to join other hospitals, it is learnt. Hospital joint director Jagadish Chandra, medical superintendent Bharadwaj and chief engineer Viswanath were among those who have decided to put in their papers.Feeling insecure over their jobs, 11 nurses have resigned in the last one week. “Some of them have quit as the Trust was not implementing the Sixth Pay Commission wages. Three nurses have already joined a private hospital in Bangalore,” hospital sources said.While Sai Baba had set up a general hospital way back in 1968, he opened SSSIHMS in 1991 in a record time of 11 months to offer free and specialised medicare to the poor and downtrodden sections. Now, doubts are cropping up whether the Trust would be able to continue the free services at the hospital.

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