Two doctors and a nurse accused of throwing away donated eyes at a premier state-run healthcare facility in Gwalior were on Friday issued show-cause notices, a top official has said.
The Dean of Gwalior’s Gajra Raja Medical College GS Patel said the three accused, charged with dereliction of duty, have been asked to reply within 15 days.
The accused are ophthalmology department’s head US Tiwari, cornea unit in-charge SK Shakya and nurse Lissy, who is also the operation theatre in-charge, he said.
On June 11, eyes donated for transplant were found outside one of the buildings of the medical college, leading to outrage across the state.
Patel told HT over phone that the notices were served after a five-member probe committee submitted its report to KK Khare, commissioner, Gwalior division, who is also the chairperson of the institute’s executive committee.
Patel said that based on their replies, a decision will be taken whether to initiate departmental inquiry against the three or not. “If a department inquiry is ordered, action will be taken against them which could be very severe,” he said.
Kishan Gambhir, whose mother’s donated eyes were thrown away by the doctors, told HT that he was happy that those responsible for disrespecting the eyes of his mother have been served notices and the probe committee has found that it was dereliction of duty on their part that led to such an incident.
“Such doctors should be punished so that it becomes an example for all others. If doctors behave like this, no person will go for eye donation,” he said.