All Punjab centres told to give records of last two years’ transplants

Alarm bells have been ringing ever since two local hospitals came under the scanner in a kidney racket busted in Lucknow.

Written by Smriti Sharma Vasudeva | Chandigarh | Published: January 23, 2012 2:03 am

Alarm bells have been ringing ever since two local hospitals came under the scanner in a kidney racket busted in Lucknow. Silver Oaks Hospital and Surya Kidney Centre allegedly had links with the kidney scam and the Directorate of Research and Medical Education,Punjab,which is the competent authority over the hospitals,has sought records of all transplant centres across Punjab.

According to officials of the directorate,the centres located all over Punjab have been asked to submit the detailed records of all kidney transplants they performed during the last two years. These institutes have also been asked to furnish complete details (including addresses) of the patient (recipient) and the donor.

To complete the exercise,the DRME has roped in all the four authorisation committees of Punjab. These are responsible for approving each organ transplant case,depending on their jurisdictional area. Further,the DRME has decided that once the data is provided to them,the police officials of each districts would be roped in to verify the addresses given in the records to ascertain if the donors and recipients actually stay at the given addresses and that there is no foul play.

Dr A S Thind,officiating director of DRME,said,“The purpose is to verify that all the procedures have been duly followed in conducting transplants and verify the antecedents of the donors and the recipients. Even though the DRME has been conducting checks on these centres from time to time,this exercise has become pertinent ever since the kidney scam came to light.”

It must be mentioned that on December 25,Lucknow police unearthed a kidney scam which led to the arrest of four accused,who had confessed to have lured people to get their transplants done at these centres. Following the development,the Mohali Deputy Commissioner had asked the Mohali Civil Surgeon to conduct a probe in this matter.

After a week,the Civil Surgeon had submitted the report and a three-member special investigation team was then formed to probe the matter further. The report of the SIT is still awaited. Also,the DRME had suspended two hospitals kidney transplant licenses till the SIT submits its report. Both the hospitals have been pleading innocence since the beginning and denying any linkups with the kidney scam.

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