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Top Indian hospital says duped into removing kidneys for organ traffickers

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NEW DELHI: A prestigious Indian hospital said that it was duped by traffickers into removing the kidneys of victims believing they were relatives of needy patients, after five people were arrested for the crime.

Police on Thursday busted an illegal organ harvesting racket operating out of the Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, one of city’s top private hospitals. They have since arrested five people, including two assistants of a senior hospital doctor.

The traffickers allegedly lured poor people into selling their kidneys for 300,000 rupees ($4,480) and then re-selling the organs on the black market at huge profit.

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Fake identification documents were used to fool the hospital that the victims were relatives of recipients, which is permitted under Indian law.

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Indraprastha Apollo Hospital admitted it had unwittingly removed organs from victims and said it was co-operating with police in their investigation of the alleged kidney sale racket.

“While all due precautions were conducted, the use of fake and forged documents was used for this racket with a criminal intent,” said a statement from the hospital sent to the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

“The hospital has been a victim of a well-orchestrated operation to cheat patients and the hospital. We urge the police to take the strictest of action against all those involved.”

Two of the five arrested suspects were personal assistants to a senior nephrologist employed at the hospital, but were not on the hospital’s payroll, the statement said.

A chronic shortage of organs available for transplant fuels a booming black-market trade in body parts in India.

Commercial trade in organs is illegal in India and transplant donations must be approved by a special transplant committee at each hospital.

The First Information Report, or FIR, registered by police said victims were lured from all over India – including the eastern states of West Bengal and the southern state of Tamil Nadu – to come to Delhi and sell their kidneys.

Traffickers then used forged documents to get them admitted into the Apollo Hospital for the necessary procedure.

The total number of victims involved is still being investigated but five cases have been identified so far.

The failure of Apollo hospital’s transplant committee to identify the fraudulent documentation has also been questioned, but the hospital said it had followed all legal requirements.

“The hospital, in order to ensure compliance with the law and diligence in process has an independent body with external members also for according consent for any transplant surgery,” said the statement.

“This Committee goes through all documents necessary to ensure that requirements under the Act are complied with. Further, the hospital has ensured that all due process as per the law has been followed.”


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Source: Reuters

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    Dr.N.Srinivasan June 11, 2016, 5:32 pm

    Still it is more common when you ask for blood donation from close relatives, you are duped

  2. Apollo Episode : A tribute to B Shankranand – Father of Spurious Medicare in India
    Spurious medicines, spurious degrees, spurious doctors, spurious hospitals, spurious medical colleges running on DDA residential houses – that is all medicare in India stands reduced
    to. I find it hard to locate TREATING doctor – private or government – for me and for my family. The moment a doctor encounters a patient, he snaps one question – Insured or not?
    The doctor considers uninsured patient a liability and gets rid of patient by prescribing tests for Rs5000. With an insured patient the doctor works out a budget of a lakh rupees before
    talking about his illness. The proforma treatment includes referral to multiple specialists and rare tests which are performed only at six laboratoris in Delhi. Many patients trapped into
    the system have no disease at all or a minor ailment requiring outdoor attention. With common man’s funds already hijacked into Congress/BJP swiss bank accounts, people have to
    sell property to pay medical bills for diseases which don’t exist at all.In an effort to mint wealth from spurious medicare, B Shankranand mutilated Indian Medical Council. Too many
    medical colleges were registered at a price. National Board of Examinations was constituted to sell parallel medical qualifications – MAMS, MNAMS, DipNBE, DNB. Roadside clinics
    were made postgraduate medical institutes for DNB training. Now DNB is on open sale in all states. Board of Ayurvedic & Unani Systems of Medicine state chiefs – perhaps Sultan
    Singh in Haryana – toured entire states, selling RMP certificates on basis of experience, for Rs600 each. Any naayee, halwaayee, dhobee who could afford to pay Rs600 became RMP.
    Minor guys were tagged with 10 years experience.
    With medical councils drowned under corruption, fake foreign qualifications were used for registration. Many postgraduate doctors working in national capital never studied biology.
    One Dr Rajput MBBS, MS faced a court case after gall bladder operation – he was found to be arts graduate. He was member of Delhi Medical Association and Medical Officer at NC
    Jindal Public School. You may find some doctors around who had schooling in arts/commerce, spent some time in Mexico and returned as MD doctors practicing in Delhi.
    Bribed heavily by Apollo Hospital and other corporate hospitals, specialists have given up treating role. They only refer patients and even offer own transportation to hospitals on
    HUMANITARIAN ground. Many nursing homes and hospitals were taken over on revenue sharing basis.
    Top brass of All India Institute and other big hospitals was lured into Apollo Hospital. The brain drain doctors have network of contacts in AIIMS. Everyday, some dozen patients are
    taken into operation theatre. Operation is postponed – some support system not available. Apollo hospital executive waiting outside OT compensated the AIIMS crew and assists in
    patient migration to Apollo Hospital.
    I find no doctors to treat me and my family. If at all I fall ill, I would opt to wait patiently for my end rather than fall into antemortem butcher traps.
    The butchery business receives boosts from Ravi Shankar Prasad. After taking over chaltee huyee dukandaari from Kapil Sibal, Ravi Shankar Prasad harvested huge personal and BJP
    party funds from terrorist recruitment, prostitution, gambling, cheating. Some lakh SIMs, sold on fake identity, are used by SMS companies for sending crores of messages everyday
    with no vendor registration. I receive a call every week from Apollo Munich – A tiny criminal unit of HUGE Apollo Criminals gang. Last call received on 07 June 2016 03:11 PM from
    Vodafone number 8392908776