PGI officer files reply in sale of fake shunt

Nov 03 2013, 03:43 IST
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SummaryPankaj Chandgothia, on Saturday, received the reply from the NHRC, New Delhi, asking for his comments and objections.

Replying to a complaint filed by Advocate Pankaj Chandgothia before the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), the Administrative Officer (Estate), PGI, filed a reply regarding the sale of fake shunt at PGI premises in April this year. Pankaj Chandgothia, on Saturday, received the reply from the NHRC, New Delhi, asking for his comments and objections.

Chandgothia, in his complaint, had alleged large-scale malpractices in the sale of medicines and medical equipment by chemists who were granted licence by PGI to sell medicines on its campus. He alleged that PGI authorities had failed to check the fleecing of customers and sale of spurious and non-standard medicines on its campus. He cited the case of Gurjot, an infant who allegedly died after implanting of a ‘fake’ shunt sold by Baby Care Chemist.

An Inquiry Committee, under the chairmanship of Prof R K Sharma, HoD Plastic Surgery, was constituted along with other members. In its initial report submitted in May, the panel concluded there was discrepancy in the batch numbers of the supplier.

However, Chandgothia termed the report ‘an eye-wash’ designed to save the manufacturing company. He said any inquiry related to third party equipment should always be headed by a Magistrate-level person and doctors should only be a part of the committee assisting in medical conclusions.

Chandgothia has now demanded the inquiry by PGI deserves to be rejected and NHRC itself should conduct an inquiry into the matter.

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