Treatment at Sion & Jaslok hit after blood bank licence suspension

Several major surgeries at Sion Hospital have been postponed for a week following a week-long suspension of its blood bank.

Written by Express News Service | Published:May 14, 2012 3:38 am

Several major surgeries at Sion Hospital have been postponed for a week following a week-long suspension of its blood bank. The Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) Maharashtra,suspended the blood bank licences of both Sion and Jaslok hospitals after they were found guilty of wrong transfusion in two separate cases,eventually leading to the patients’ death.

The suspension,which came into effect on Saturday,will go on for a week at Sion Hospital,while at Jaslok hospital it will continue for 15 days. Both hospitals had made alternate arrangements to ensure that the patients were not affected.

“We are taking the help of KEM,Nair,and JJ Hospitals for supply of blood. We have informed the hospitals of the amount and nature of blood we will require. All surgeries have been performed as per schedule,” said Dr Sandhya Kamat,dean,Sion Hospital.

Doctors at the hospital,however,said that treatment was affected,as these hospitals are nowhere in the immediate vicinity of Sion Hospital.

“Transport and storage of blood has been a problem. Many patients have been referred to KEM hospital. We had asked for the suspension to be evoked ,but it was not agreed by the FDA authorities ,” said a senior doctor from the hospital.

Sion Hospital was penalised with suspension of 15 days,which was finally brought down to a week after negotiations with FDA authorities. More than a hundred surgeries are performed every day at the Hospital. The trauma centre gets the maximum patients as compared to other civic hospitals.

Meanwhile,Jaslok Hospital will be relying on the nearby Breach Candy Hospital for its supply of blood for the next two weeks.

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