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Infant's death: PGI report says shunt was original

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, November 02, 2013
First Published: 23:19 IST(2/11/2013) | Last Updated: 23:20 IST(2/11/2013)

While replying to the complaint filed before the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) regarding the death of four-month-old Gurjot, who was fitted a 'counterfeit brain shunt' at Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), the institute's administrative officer (estate) submitted that the 'shunt' had been found to be original.

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In the reply filed on behalf of the institute, PGIMER's administrative officer (estate) Niranjan Singh had stated that show-cause notice for termination of licence had been served to Baby Care Chemist that had sold the shunt.

City-based lawyer Pankaj Chandgothia had filed a complaint with the NHRC after an infant died allegedly due to implanting of a 'fake' shunt sold by the chemist on the campus.

He had alleged large-scale malpractices in the sale of medicines and medical equipment by chemists granted licence by the PGI authorities to sell on its campus.

He alleged that the PGIMER authorities have failed to check the fleecing of customers and even the sale of spurious and non-standard medicines on its campus.

The NHRC had sought action-taken report from the PGIMER, which had now been received by Chandgothia for his comments.

He claimed, “The PGIMER had set up an inquiry committee but the report submitted by it is just eyewash. Any inquiry which relates to third party equipment should always be headed by a magistrate-level person and doctors should only be part of the committee to assist in various medical conclusions. In the present case, only doctors comprised the committee that had no legal or procedural knowledge about conducting a fact-finding inquiry.”

“The committee in its initial report dated May 14, 2013, had concluded that there is discrepancy in the batch numbers of the supplier and chemist. However, it could not give any conclusion on the authenticity of the shunt. Then the same committee gave another report dated July 30, saying that the shunt was 'original',” Chandgothia pointed out.

He, thus, has now demanded that the inquiry by the PGIMER deserves to be rejected and the NHRC itself should conduct an inquiry into the matter to find out the truth.

Relief sought
Rs 50 lakh be imposed on the chemist, PGIMER director, and UT health director as penalty and damages
The delinquent chemist shop should be sealed and its licence cancelled
Action should be taken against the PGIMER director and director, health and family welfare, UT, for failure to perform their duties of monitoring health services

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