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Doc in trouble over nexus with chemist,government officers

The recent episode of Aamir Khan’s Satyamave Jayate may have evoked protests from doctors declaring that not all of their peers indulge in unethical practices.

Written by Smriti Sharma Vasudeva | Chandigarh | Published: June 14, 2012 3:58:23 am

The recent episode of Aamir Khan’s Satyamave Jayate may have evoked protests from doctors declaring that not all of their peers indulge in unethical practices. But closer home,a doctor in the UT health department is in the dock for having a ‘preferred’ chemist and prescribing medicines worth lakhs of rupees to government employees for medical reimbursement after taking a ‘cut’.

Dr Nutan Bhatia,medical officer at Government Dispensary in Sector 42 and wife of Sunil Bhatia,Additional Commissioner of Chandigarh Municipal Corporation was allegedly prescribing medicines to government employees asking them to buy them only from a specific chemist shop in Sector 42. She has allegedly siphoned off Rs 1 crore in the name of outdoor medical reimbursement to government employees in the last eight years.

When contacted,Dr Nutan Bhatia said,“I have not yet received the copy of the complaint. I will reply only once I get the copy. Moreover I have not done anything wrong.”

The alleged scam came to the notice of authorities in a complaint signed “from a duty-bound doctor”. The complain managed to find its way all the way to the Prime Minister Office in March,2012 and was subsequently marked back to the UT Advisor for further inquiry.

As per the complaint,the doctor was prescribing medicines without checking the patients’ medical history. Dr Bhatia allegedly had an ‘arrangement’ with a chemist shop and was prescribing medicines worth lakhs to government employee patients so that they could reimburse their medical bills after taking her own commission.

After receipt of the complaint in March,the UT administration constituted an inquiry committee. The body was directed to give its advice on the matter in March,but nothing has happened.

UT Home Secretary-cum-Health Secretary Anil Kumar told Newsline,“The complaint is being looked into by the inquiry committee. The allegations have to be cross-checked.”

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