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Sub-Standard Equipment Postpone Surgeries At Doon Hospital

Dehradun: Orthopaedic transplants and certain other operations are not being conducted in Government Doon Medical College Hospital (GDMCH) for three days now after GDMCH doctors found out that the medical equipment to be used in the surgeries were sub-standard in quality.
Sunil Verma (name changed) was supposed to be operated at Doon Hospital last Wednesday but his operation was postponed after the ortho-surgeon at GDMCH found implant instruments to be of sub-standard quality. Verma told TOI that he had come to Dehradun from Pauri especially for the operation.

“I came to Dehradun and arranged for an accommodation for my family. But my operation was postponed due to inferior quality equipment. I wasn’t even given another date for my operation. We have been left in the lurch,” he alleged.

Notably, GDMCH principal Dr Ashutosh Sayana has now tasked “Ayushman Mitras” with ensuring that all the equipment are approved by the doctor prior to an operation. According to GDMCH sources, around eight operations have been halted as doctors complained of sub-standard quality of equipment and implants.

Meanwhile, Dr Sayana told TOI that a meeting was held between doctors and the third party agency that supplies operational instruments and implants. In the meeting, it was decided that they will be taking a pre-approval of their product from the doctors before surgery. “The third party agency has been warned against supplying sub-standard equipment and Ayushman Mitras have been assigned the responsibility to coordinate with patients and doctors so that such incidents do not take place in the future,” said Dr Sayana, while adding that orthopaedic operations will be conducted at the hospital from Monday onwards.

A team of doctors and junior employees has also been constituted under the supervision of a doctor to keep strict vigil on touts and middlemen inside the hospital, the principal added.-Times Of India

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