CT SCAN SCAM
PIMS shows 1,453 patients in CT scanning in its record from March 1, 2017 to July 29 whereas the machine was non-functional for the last one year.
A major scam of fudging CT scan details to evade the scrutiny of Medical Council of India (MCI) has come to the fore at the leading tertiary healthcare institute-Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), Jalandhar. PIMS records have mentioned exaggerated number of patients, who got CT scan done, whereas the machine was running out of order during that period. Though the machine was repaired in the past, the entries were fudged by the staff.It has been learnt that the PIMS management mentioned as many as 1,453 patients to have availed of the CT scanning from March 1, 2017 to July 29 this year whereas the machine was non-functional during this period. PIMS management had got the CT scan machine repaired during last year’s MCI inspection. “MCI team was on annual inspection of PIMS and such a flaw would have cost the institute dear. The functioning of PIMS has been under scanner while the institute was vouching for the MCI nod for hassle-free running of MBBS classes,” sources said.An average cost of CT scan at the PIMS ranges between Rs 550 and Rs 2000 while a patient has to shell out up to Rs 6,000 in private hospitals. While the scan service was never available at the hospital, the PIMS management deliberately put up a rosy picture to garner the crucial MCI nod for running the hospital, but did never bother to take corrective measures to ensure that things are rectified.
Records were FORGED
It has come to the fore, after the scrutiny of records, that the name of patients who came for getting X-ray and other vital tests done at the PIMS was mentioned against the CT scan entries. The patients, whose names were mentioned in the CT scan records, claimed that they never went for any CT scanning at the PIMS.Jyoti Rani, a patient from Bhargo Camp, said that she had gone for the CT scanning to the PIMS in April but had to return as the machine was running out of order.
Principal Dr Kaur DOESN’T RESPOND
PIMS Principal Dr Kulbir Kaur did not respond to repeated phone calls. PIMS Finance Controller Dinesh Mishra said that though he could not comment on the issue, if directed by the management, an audit would be done.It is pertinent to mention here that the PIMS was under MCI scanner in the recent past. Last year the MCI had refused to give permission to admit students in MBBS courses after they found major flaws in its functioning.
CT scan scam came to the fore following the ongoing tiff between the PIMS management and the PIMS Union, who had been demanding hike in salaries. The para-medical staff, computer operators, clerical staff, technicians of various departments and the Class IV employees were at loggerheads with the PIMS management for the past some months over salary hike issue. PIMS union members are demanding wages on the lines of PGIMER, Chandigarh.
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