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Thursday, 31 December 2020

Won’t prescribe implants, say Rohtak PGIMS surgeons

Sunit Dhawan

Tribune News Service

Rohtak, December 30

The orthopaedic surgeons working at Rohtak PGIMS have refused to prescribe implants to the patients coming to them for treatment. A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the department of orthopaedics held on Wednesday.

"The department has taken a decision to this effect as the authorities concerned have refused to withdraw an undertaking submitted before the High Court," said Dr RC Siwach, a senior professor at the department.

The authorities of Pt Bhagwat Dayal Sharma University of Health Sciences (UHS), Rohtak, had submitted an undertaking before the Punjab and Haryana High Court, stating that there was a nexus between doctors serving at the Rohtak PGIMS and private medical stores, which supply surgical implants to the patients. The undertaking had been submitted in the CWP No. 22440 of 2018 titled Narwal Medicos and Surgicals versus Director, PGIMS, Rohtak and others.

"In fact, there is a collusion between operating doctors and medical stores, which charge exorbitant prices for implants and that, too, of a particular company, in gross violation of the ethics of the doctors, who are under an obligation not to prescribe the name of any particular company of surgical goods or of any particular medical store to the patients," it states.

The undertaking further states that the said doctors were not following the guidelines issued by the authorities concerned to curb this practice, adding that "such doctors, in connivance with such unscrupulous medical stores, were making hay at the cost of the patients and their relatives".

Regarding the action taken by the UHS/PGIMS authorities, the undertaking says that "the respondents have written to the state government to take suitable disciplinary/criminal action against the erring doctors."

from The Tribune

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