The Directorate of Health Services (DHS) is set to question one final person in the kidney racket case on Tuesday before it submits its final report to the police.
Dr B K Kadam, assistant director at DHS, who was also part of the local authorisation committee for transplants at the LH Hiranandani Hospital, will be questioned, said sources.
The local authorisation committee cleared documents for recipient Brijkishore Jaiswal and donor Shobha Thakur on July 12 for their surgery scheduled on July 14, when the Powai police busted the alleged illegal kidney donation racket.
The DHS has till now arrested other members of the local authorization committee of the Powai-based hospital responsible for medical negligence under various sections of the Transplantation of Human Organs Act, 1994. Kadam, however, has not yet appeared for questioning, members of the DHS sub-committee confirmed.
Kadam has also been summoned by Hiranandani hospital’s internal committee that is probing all kidney transplants conducted in the hospital this year, to look for possible discrepancies. “Our internal hospital committee is inquiring into each kidney transplant approved this year. A request to appear has been sent to Dr Kadam twice. But there has been no response,” said a spokesperson for Hiranandani Hospital. Meanwhile, three separate calls to appear before the DHS panel have been sent to Kadam, but he has failed to appear.
The local authorisation committee is a six-member body assigned by a hospital that scrutinises identification proof and documents to approve a live organ transplant. The quorum to hold an authorisation committee is four, of which presence of state representative is compulsory.
In this case, Kadam was representing the state government at a July 12 meeting where three transplant cases were approved. The other members were medical social workers and doctors attached with the hospital.
The police has so far arrested five persons from Hiranandani Hospital — CEO Dr Sujit Chatterjee, medical director Dr Anurak Naik, urologist Dr Mukesh Shah, Dr Prakash Shetty, nephrologist Dr Mukesh Shete and transplant coordinator Nilesh Kamble?for their role in either being a part of transplant surgery or for approving the transplant. Two other doctors, pathologist Suwin Shetty and surgeon Veena Sewlikar, are also under the scanner.