Hip im­plant pa­tients meet in Delhi

The Hindu - - NATION - Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dent

Pa­tients and fam­i­lies af­fected by John­son & John­son’s faulty ASR hip im­plants gath­ered in Delhi on Satur­day to de­mand that the gov­ern­ment di­rectly in­volve them in the en­tire process of as­cer­tain­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity and com­pen­sa­tion for the pain and suf­fer­ing caused to them and their kin.

“We have learned that the Cen­tral Com­mit­tee set up for com­pen­sa­tion is likely to meet on Septem­ber 18, 2018, and we as pa­tients and fam­ily mem­bers af­fected by the ASR im­plant are con­cerned at the lack of any con­sul­ta­tion with pa­tients,” said Vi­jay Vo­jhala, one of the pa­tients, who had his ini­tial surgery in 2008 and the re­vi­sion in 2012. “We need pa­tient rep­re­sen­ta­tion on any com­mit­tee that is set up,” he stressed.

The group has al­leged that the gov­ern­ment is do­ing a one-sided in­quiry and could eas­ily toe the com­pany line.

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