State probes prison doctor’s tenure in Fresno Co.

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A California prison psychiatrist is facing accusations of negligence and incompetence stemming from his treatment of mentally ill inmates when he worked at the Fresno County jail.

The Fresno Bee reports ( ) that the State Medical Board has accused Dr. Pratap Narayan with misdiagnosing inmates, prescribing drugs without examining patients and recommending inadequate doses of medication.

Narayan spent five years as the chief of psychiatric services at the county jail and left in February to take a job at Avenal State Prison in Kings County. A message left at his office was not returned on Saturday and The Associated Press could not find a home listing for him.

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokeswoman Dana Simas tells The Bee that Narayan’s status at the prison is being reviewed because of the Medical Board’s inquiry.


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