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Faridkot hospital fails to give count of CT scans over 5 yrs

Raghbir Singh Brar , Hindustan Times  Faridkot, November 02, 2013
First Published: 00:32 IST(2/11/2013) | Last Updated: 15:46 IST(2/11/2013)

Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital, Faridkot, has allegedly failed to provide information to an RTI query on the number of CT scans performed at the hospital over the past five years.

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Member of the Cancer Sewa Society, Gurpreet Singh, who filed the RTI plea has claimed that on August 2, the principal office told him that the required information could be sought from the head of the CT Scan Centre, Faridkot, as it did not fall under under its purview.

Deciding the appeal on October 3, GGS medical college principal maintained that the information was not available with his office.

However, RTI activists have alleged that the information was not being shared as the private contractor had been allowed to get away with violating the agreement that mandated providing 10% of the CT scans free to poor patients. The patients were to be recommended by the college.

"The figures are supposed to be audited every six months and if the number of free scans exceeds 10% of the total, the excess is supposed to be reimbursed by the medical college or the university," Gurpreet claimed.

"I had sought the total number of the CT scans done at GGS Medical College, Faridkot, and the number of free scans provided to the poor if any and their name and addresses. This will have cleared if the CT scans have been made available to the deserving or there has been some irregularity. Not providing data strengthens suspicion that some figures have been manipulated for ulterior gains," added Gurpreet.

"Thousands of CT scans are done. We want information to disprove our suspicion that tests were not done, but money was claimed," added Kultar.

"We bought the matter to the notice of the chief minister. A senior officer then asked us to file a police complaint and this was done on October 7," he added.

"We have clubbed this complaint with the other complaints regarding the medical college and it is being investigated by the CIA incharge," said Jaswinderpal Sharma, DSP Faridkot.

The principal and the medical superintendent of the college both claimed that they were not responsible for maintaining the record of the tests done.

"We are providing this facility of free CT scan to all deserving poor patients. I recommend the cases cases, said Col Dr JC Sanadhya, medical superintendent of GGS medical college Faridkot.

He claimed that the record would be available with the office principal because the agreement on the free CT scans was signed between the contractor and his office.

"You should talk to the principal about it," he said.

However, college principal GC Ahir claimed that the record would be available with the MS office.

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