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MS Punjab Institute of Cardiology forms committee to probe stent racket

Punjab Institute of Cardiology. Image: website

LAHORE: Following a Bol News story on stent racket at the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC), Medical Superintendent (MS) Dr Muhammad Tehseen on Saturday constituted a committee to probe into the matter.

However, the probe committee would look into the complaint received from *Basit Khan — son of one of the victim patients — against the nursing clerk only and not against the doctor and the nurse, who allegedly asked for money from patients.

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In his complaint, *Basit Khan nominated the other individuals, including the nurse, but the committee constituted by the MS started the probe against the clerk only.

When Bol News pointed out the issue, the MS issued another office order with the name of the involved nurse and explained that “the first office order was issued in a hurry or by mistake.”

MS Dr Tehseen assured Bol News that the inquiry would be initiated against all the nominated persons in the office order. 

The office order said that the committee, comprising Associate Professor Cardiology Professor Dr Sajjad Ahmed, Dr Rana Khurram Aftab (HR&R), Deputy Chief Nursing Superintendent Mst. Sajida Zahoor, Assistant Professor of Cardiology and System Analyst Muhammad Asim, would submit its report within a week.

The stent racket involving doctors, nurses and administrative staff surfaced recently at the PIC for allegedly asking the poor patients for money to get the stent implant done promptly.

On Friday, Bol News reported that a clerk at the admin office of the PIC allegedly asked Rs100,000 from a patient’s family to get the stent implant done in September. The family gave Rs50,000 to him in cash, but the clerk asked them to transfer the remaining to a doctor’s bank account.

According to *Basit Khan, when he tried to transfer the remaining money to the doctor’s account, it came out as invalid. He then informed the same clerk, who shared another bank account details with him. On September 17, he transferred Rs50,000 to the new account, following which the stent implant of his father was done on the same day.

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“I asked the senior clerk to give me a fake receipt of the PIC so that I could get the amount reimbursed from my office, but he did not give me the receipt, which forced me to submit the complaint against them to the MS office,” said Basit Khan.

When Bol News investigated the account number, it was revealed that the account belonged to a woman working at the PIC as a nurse.

 

*Name has been changed to protect the identity of the person.


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