Pune: Malpractice in Kidney transplant procedure at Ruby Hall Clinic, Probe Launched
Pune: The premier Ruby Hall Clinic has fallen in controversy after a case of deception during kidney transplant has come here to light.
A case of malpractice in kidney transplant procedure has been alleged at the Ruby Hall Clinic following which the Pune police are currently investigating the matter. As per a media report in the Indian Express, a woman was fraudulently made to pose as an organ receiver's spouse and was promised a good amount of money in return.
The case has been referred to the state health department by the police, which is the appropriate authority under the Transplantation of Human Organs Act.
A senior police officer said, "We had received some calls and complaint applications from the woman and the Ruby Hall Clinic hospital administration at Koregaon Park police station. This was pertaining to a kidney transplant procedure that was performed at the hospital. The allegation was that the woman was falsely presented as the receiver's wife for the procedure. The woman was also promised a large sum of money to the tune of Rs 15 lakh by a middleman, which she has not received."
The officer said, "Primary information suggests that the woman, who hails from Kolhapur, was introduced to a middleman by a woman staying in her neighbourhood. The agent is alleged to have brought the woman to the hospital in Pune, where she was presented as the organ receiver's wife."
Bomi Bhote, chief executive officer of Ruby Hall Clinic said, "All the required documentation (for the transplant) was in place. In fact, we are the ones who informed police about our doubt. Aadhar card, PAN card, and other documents were in order and approval from Sassoon General Hospital authorities had also been given for the transplant."
Further, an official associated with Koregaon Park police station said, "We are looking into an application from the woman and the hospital administration about a kidney transplant procedure. We have informed the appropriate authority, which is the office of the Deputy Director of Health in Pune."
Deputy Director of Health for Pune Circle, Dr. Sanjog Kadam stated that they have sent the police report to the state director of health, adding, "We are awaiting instructions from the director's office."
Talking about the investigation, Police Commissioner Amitabh Gupta told the Indian Express, "This is a developing case. At this juncture, I can only share that there are allegations that a woman was falsely presented as a receiver's wife. Nothing more can be shared. Further course of action will be decided as more facts come to the fore."
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