Following dna's exposé of how one qualified pathologist from the BMC-run Sion hospital was also attached to six private pathology laboratories in Navi Mumbai, Panvel and Khalapur, the hospital administration has launched an inquiry into the matter.
Dr SN Tripathi is a consultant MD pathologist and blood transfusion officer. dna has copies of six diagnostic reports from as many labs that endorse Tripathi as their qualified pathologist, who signs the investigation reports. However, surprisingly, each report bears a different signature under his name. It is quite clear that six different individuals have signed on his behalf.
On March 12, dna had reported 'Doctors hand in glove with lab technicians, fleece patients'. dna's investigation found that many qualified pathologists were allowing laboratories to use their name and manual or electronic signature in return for money. The doctors had never even visited the laboratories.
According to a civic resolution passed by the BMC in 2004, a BMC doctor can be attached to only one private health set-up apart from serving in the civic hospital. The rules have been formulated to curb doctors from practising in different places because it is said that doctors usually shun working in BMC hospitals. "After reading dna's report, we have initiated an inquiry against the doctor. Two senior doctors will conduct the inquiry and, if the doctor is found guilty, he will face strict action as per the rules laid down," said Dr Avinash Supe, dean, Sion hospital.
Dr Rajesh Mane, secretary, Maharashtra Association of Practicing Pathologists and Microbiologists, said, "Many qualified pathologists allow laboratories to use their name and manual or electronic signature for money. They have never even visited these laboratories. They just collect the money every month... It is a flourishing racket."