Following assurance by state health minister Deepak Sawant, nephrologists and urologists have finally agreed to continue with kidney transplants and handle fresh cases of organ transplants that were temporarily put on hold.
At a meeting held on Saturday, Sawant assured doctors that he would discuss with the law and judiciary department and the health department on a standard procedure that would provide relief to transplant surgeons from having to authenticate documents for organ transplants.
“We are satisfied with what the minister told us. He has asked for a week’s time to discuss with concerned departments,” said Dr Sudhir Naik, president of Association of Medical Consultants. He added that the assurance has helped remove “fear several surgeons had” on getting framed in illegal transplants.
According to nephrologist Dr Sharad Sheth, he has started taking cases of chronic kidney patients who require transplants. “Doctors have decided not to delay chronic cases any further. If there are patients who need a live transplant, we are going ahead with authorisation committee’s permission,” he said.
Last week, Mumbai Urology Society and Mumbai Nephrologist Group had collectively demanded relaxation from responsibility of authenticating all identification documents submitted by recipients and donors following arrest of five medicos from Hiranandani Hospital in the kidney racket case. According to Dr Anup Ramani, a doctor can only perform surgery, not handle legal requirements to authorise a transplant. The urology society has about 300 members in Mumbai while nephrology group has 110 members.