Ex­perts to check old trans­plant cases for lapses

Hi­ranan­dani case has opened Pan­dora’s Box, with cops now say­ing the mal­prac­tice maybe much more ram­pant

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - San­tosh And­hale cor­re­spon­dent@ dnain­dia. net

Af­ter the re­cent Hi­ranan­dani hospi­tal kid­ney racket bust, the po­lice have sent im­por­tant files re­gard­ing at least nine kid­ney trans­plants to health ex­perts for their re­view and opin­ion.

Sources said the ex­perts have been asked to thor­oughly scru­ti­nise these files to iden­tify ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties, if any.

On July 14, the Powai po­lice had ar­rested five doc­tors for their sus­pected role in the scam. Later, an And­heri court granted all of them bail. Sources, how­ever, said this was just the tip of the ice­berg and many more peo­ple might be in­volved in such mal­prac­tices. So now the po­lice are look­ing at old kid­ney trans­plant cases to iden­tify mal­prac­tices.

Ac­cord­ing to sources, some files have been sent to the health depart­ment of­fi­cials for their opin­ion. It couldn’t be as­cer­tained which hos­pi­tals these files be­longed to. Mean­while, an in­quiry com­mit­tee ap­pointed by the Direc­torate of Health Ser­vices ( DHS) has sub­mit­ted its fi­nal re­port on the kid­ney racket to the health depart­ment.

In In­dia, kid­ney trans­plant is per­formed un­der the Trans­plant of Hu­man Or­gans Act1994, which was amended in 2014. Ac­cord­ing to the law, if donor and re­cip­i­ent are close rel­a­tives, they need to take per­mis­sion from a hos­pi­tal­level com­mit­tee. If they are ex­tended rel­a­tives, from out­side the state or coun­try, or if it is a case of swap trans­plant, such cases go to the State Au­tho­ri­sa­tion Com­mit­tee for per­mis­sion.

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