AIIMS doctor fired for taking money for surgery, Center requests report from hospital

New Delhi, Sep 21 (PTI) A doctor from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at AIIMS here allegedly took money from a patient’s father to perform surgery, prompting the Ministry of Health from the Union to request a report from the hospital.

A preliminary investigation by a commission of inquiry concluded that the complaint against the doctor was justified, following which the hospital administration dismissed him from his service and ordered him to report to the Jhajjar National Cancer Institute.

The complaint was filed in June this year.

According to the committee’s report, a security guard from the Indian Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Lal Singh Choubey, filed a complaint alleging that he approached the concerned doctor for the treatment of his daughter in October 2021, and was then informed that she needed surgery.

His operation took place on October 30.

Choubey alleged that before the operation he was told by the doctor that it would incur an expense of around Rs 40,000 as it involved purchasing supplies from a vendor.

The morning of his daughter’s admission to surgery, the plaintiff was introduced to a “provider”. Choubey alleged that he paid Rs 36,000 in cash to the ‘supplier’ but was denied a receipt when he asked for it. He was told he would have to pay goods and services tax (GST) if he wanted a receipt, so he did not pursue the matter, the report said.

The plaintiff said he used the money he saved for his eldest daughter’s wedding to pay the “provider”.

Asked by the committee why he filed the complaint after a long time, Choubey said he was totally focused on his daughter’s treatment.

During one of her follow-up visits to the outpatient department (OPD), the complainant said that her daughter was telling a friend who had accompanied her that her family had spent Rs 36,000 on the operation. The conversation was overheard by one of the OPD employees who advised him to file a complaint.

Subsequently, Choubey filed a complaint in June. He also said he had no complaints about his daughter’s treatment and was grateful to the doctor for treating her.

“After conducting a preliminary investigation into the matter, the committee is of the opinion that the complaint filed by Mr. Lal Singh Choubey is well-founded and the allegations of having paid money for surgery…cannot be denied.

“The testimonies of two different caregivers, the complainant and another patient, each independent of the other, are very clear and similar and give credence to the complaint. The complaint brought by Lal Singh Choubey carries weight and does not is not substantiated,” the committee said.

The committee spoke to two other patients treated by the concerned doctor and one of them admitted to paying Rs 34,000 to a vendor for supplies. The patient was introduced to the seller by the doctor in his office room, according to the report.

The Union Health Department has requested a report on the matter from the AIIMS administration, an official said. PTI PLB DIV DIV

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