NRI doc surrenders licence following probe
An Indian doctor has surrendered his medical licence following a probe into allegations of unsafe medical practices, including reusing of syringes, at a centre which may have put over 40,000 patients at risk.india Updated: Mar 11, 2008 02:21 IST
A prominent Indian doctor and majority owner of a Las Vegas clinic chain has surrendered his medical licence following a probe into allegations of unsafe medical practices, including reusing of syringes and vials, at a centre which may have put over 40,000 patients at risk.
The Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners had requested Dipak K Desai, owner of the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada where six cases of Hepatitis have been confirmed, to voluntarily stop practicing medicine, until the State Board's investigation into allegations has been completed.
The Board said Desai had agreed to surrender his licence, pending a probe into the centre's operations but did not give a timeframe as to how long the investigation may take.
A second Indian doctor linked to the scandal Vishvinder Sharma also resigned from the State Medical Board but did not turn over his medical licence, local media reports said.
The FBI has also joined the investigation of the Endoscopy Center for possible Medicare fraud. Investigators want to know whether the center billed Medicare for 30-minute appointments that did not last that long.
The clinic may have also committed fraud for billing Medicare for two vials in instances when only one was used, officials said.
As many as 40,000 people may have been infected with the deadly Hepatitis C virus or HIV from the clinic over the last four years,
officials said, adding six of Desai's facilities have been closed.
Desai, who has been practising medicine in Nevada for 28 years, is reportedly an alumnus of Gujarat University.