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India's medical profession on the warpath after uterus removal scandal

Organs of hundreds of women removed — for a fee — after doctors falsely told them they were at risk of cancer

  • IANS
  • Published: 16:42 August 6, 2012
  • Gulf News

Caesarean operation
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Raipur: The Indian Medical Association (IMA) warned Monday of a state-wide agitation if the government failed to address the uterus removal scam issue in time.

It accused the state government of taking arbitrary action against doctors in the scam and considering passage of a draconian Nursing Home Act which will “ruin private healthcare facilities.”

Private doctors reportedly removed the uterus of hundreds of women, mostly in rural areas, telling the victims that if their uterus was not removed, it could cause cancer. The doctors pocketed the Rs30,000 (Dh1,984) fee they charged

Private doctors reportedly removed the uterus of hundreds of women, mostly in rural areas, telling the victims that if their uterus was not removed, it could cause cancer.

The doctors pocketed the Rs30,000 (Dh1,984).

Talking to IANS Monday, Chhattisgarh state president of IMA Dr A Hamdani said: “Doctors will take to the streets if the state government does not make public the report of the probe against doctors in the controversial uterus removal scam within two days, besides amending the norms of the proposed Private Nursing Homes Act, which is intended to ruin the private health facilities in Chhattisgarh.”

IMA president of the Raipur chapter Dr Ajay Sahay said: “Only the Medical Council of India has the power to suspend the licence of a medical practitioner. The state government does not have that power, but it deliberately acted against private doctors before probing the case.”

He added: “Now the final decision in the case is being delayed, which will take away the doctors’ legal right to challenge the decision in court.”

However, an unfazed Health Minister Amar Agrawal said: “The state government will not succumb to pressure. The probe will take its time. The guilty will not be spared.”

The IMA Chhattisgarh state unit has warned of a stir if the government doesn’t declare the report of the probe and revokes the suspension of licences of doctors by Aug 8.

Hamdani and Sahay said they will meet Chief Minister Raman Singh, Health Minister Amar Agrawal and officials of the health department to resolve the issue.

Comments (3)

  1. Added 15:28 August 7, 2012

    I'm so glad this issue has finally been raised. Doctors in India have been cheating their patients by scaring them of cancer to make a quick buck. In fact, my own wife is living in an illusion by this stupid fable that it was required to remove her uterus to avoid cancer. I always knew that this cannot cause cancer. I'm just glad that I can finally show this article to her and tell her how her family doctor in India has been cheating her and her family scaring them to do this operation.

    Saj, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 13:27 August 7, 2012

    whom we can have faith in? Even doctors also not faithfull. Everyone needs simple money, they won't bother from where the money is coming!

    xxxxxx, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 10:57 August 7, 2012

    What a shame. The only news in the paper nowadays is how people are making money either through surrogacy or this way. How are we progressing towards so called "SHINING INDIA "?

    Sophia, Shj, United Arab Emirates

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