A local diagnostic centre has come under the scanner on the allegation of misleading patients by producing false test reports. The diagnostic experts are charged with showing reduced platelet count in blood-examination and other reports to scare people into going for treatment, which helped the testing facility earn commission from private hospitals.
Gursewak Singh, president of the employee worker union of Bathinda had taken his daughter, Navdeep Kaur, 19, to the centre after the Mohali student had developed fever. A doctor in Bathinda had recommended her some tests and referred her to Sourabh Gupta Diagnostic Centre on the Goniana road.
The student's father, lodged a complaint with the Medical Council of India (MCI); state health minister, senior superintendent of police, and deputy commissioner. "The doctor at the diagnostic centre produced all the medical test reports in just 30 minutes and told the family that the condition of
Navdeep Kaur was serious, as her blood platelet count had decreased to 16,000," Gursewak Singh said in his complaint.
The doctor told Gursewak Singh that the condition of his daughter was serious but he could handle it. "Assuring me that my daughter could be treated in Bathinda hospitals, Dr Sourabh Gupta told me there was no need to show her at any higher institute outside the city," said Gursewak Singh. "Since I was scared, I took her to Dayanand Medical College (DMC), Ludhiana."
The Ludhiana doctors repeated all the tests done at Bathinda and found the results from Gupta's laboratory to be inaccurate. Navdeep's platlet count was normal. "The doctors at DMC discharged my daughter within three hours of giving her medicine for minor fever."
After coming out of shock, Gursewak understood that Dr Gupta had tried to cheat him. "His intent was to refer my daughter to hospitals in Bathinda only to make money," said the distraught father. "That's why he didn't want me to show her in Ludhiana. We are educated and had sufficient money to reach DMC, but he can swindle ignorant villagers easily."
Gursewak Singh has made written complaint against Dr Sourabh Gupta to the chief medical officer of Bathinda, Dr Ajay Sahni. He wants the diagnostic centre sealed and a case of cheating lodged against Dr Gupta.
Authorities at Sourabh Gupta Diagnostic Center did not come over telephone to answer the charge. Time and again, a clerk was asked to take the call.