It was not for the first time that the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) administration came to know about the alleged misdeeds of Dr Vishal Kumar, an assistant professor in the orthopaedics department, who is facing an inquiry for owning a pharmaceutical company. At least three senior resident doctors made complaints to the institute’s director and various other PGIMER officials regarding the alleged misconduct of Dr Kumar.
According to sources, the most recent complaint was sent by former senior resident doctor Somay Chakraborty on October 13. The complaint — a copy of which is available with HT — marked to the director and the dean of the institute alleged that Dr Kumar was hand in glove with various pharmaceutical and orthopaedics implant manufacturing companies. The complaint also alleged that he used to force his juniors to prescribe medicines and use implants.
The complainant also alleged that at least three senior resident doctors from the PGIMER’s orthopaedics department left due to Dr Kumar’s attitude.
Earlier, a similar complaint was made against him by one Dr Pushpak Samal, who also worked as a resident doctor. In his complaint made last year, he had also alleged harassment by Dr Kumar.
Despite attempts, Dr Somay Chakraborty could not be contacted. Earlier, in an exclusive report “PGI doctor a partner in pharma company, prescribes its medicines” published on November 7, HT had highlighted that how in sheer violation of professional ethics as well as service rules, Dr Kumar, along with six other partners, formed a company named “Xenophill Pharmaceutical Limited”.
As per the memorandum of association which was prepared and signed in Delhi on June 16, 2011, Dr Vishal and others formed a company, which is registered with the ministry of corporate affairs.
Taking cognisance of the HT report, PGIMER director Dr YK Chawla had also marked an inquiry into the matter.
When contacted, orthopaedics department head Dr Raj Bahadur did not attend calls.