An RTI report has revealed that the uterus of 226 women were removed in three hospitals of Rajasthan, after which the administration has temporarily suspended their recognition and ordered a three-member inquiry committee to probe the incident.
The probe team to be led by Dausa Chief Medical and Health Officer OP Meena said, "We have seized the records of five hospitals and process to record statements of women and doctors is going on."
The NGO which filed the RTI application alleges that the operations were 'unnecessary and designed for monetary benefits'.
They say that the hospitals located in Bandikui town in Dausa earned about Rs 14,000 for every case and removed the uterus of 226 out of 385 women patients who had visited the hospitals from March to September last year.
Durga Prasad, General secretary of the NGO Akhil Bhartiya Grahak Panchayat, claimed that the doctors did the surgery even when it was not necessary.
One of the women who underwent the surgery but did not wish to be identified said, "I had a constant stomach ache and they removed by uterus, but the pain did not go. Then I went to Jaipur for treatment and it was found that I was wrongly operated upon".
Meanwhile doctors and the management of the hospitals have rejected the charges.
"We are being accused of surgically removing uterus in 90-95 per cent cases (of total operations of female patients) but the fact is that the percentage of uterus removal (hystrectomy) is about 20-25 per cent only," Dr. Rajesh Dhakad, owner of Madhur hospital, told PTI.
He further said, "The NGO is misrepresenting the figures and creating confusion."
Dr. Sunil Katta, owner of Katta hospital said that that uterus were removed only in the cases where it was necessary.
Another surgeon and owner of Balaji hospital Dr. Santosh Dube said that the hospitals charged Rs. 7000-8000 in all (in each case) for the operation of uterus removal and the figure of 14,000 was also not true.
The incident comes close on the heels of the death of 17 pregnant women in Jodhpur district after being given contaminated glucose.