Thursday, July 3, 2008

HDPC not linked to “Monkey Doctor”

A local medical group is reeling after a Los Angeles television report mistakenly linked them to a doctor who was arrested Wednesday for punching a patient’s husband.

On Wednesday night, a KTLA reporter stood in front of the HDPC office on Hesperia Road while doing a report on Dr. Sukalpa Dutta, who allegedly threw a chair and punched a man after he called the doctor a “monkey,” according to San Bernardino County Sheriff’s officials.

Balginy said Dutta does not work for the medical group and that his office is across the street from High Desert Primary Care, apparently leading to the confusion. After an attorney for High Desert Primary Care contacted KTLA Thursday, the station removed an online video of the TV report.

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