Two days after it was found to be flouting several medical norms, including allegedly allowing non-qualified individuals to perform surgical procedures on unsuspecting patients, the health department issued a showcause notice to the proprietor of a clinic in South Delhi.
Sent with regard to allegedly violating the Delhi Nursing Homes Registration Act, the move comes after the Delhi Police, on Wednesday, arrested four people for their alleged involvement in the surgeries of two patients who died at the clinic in Greater Kailash-1.
On Thursday, Neeraj Agarwal, who runs the Agarwal Medical Centre, Jaspreet Singh (both MBBS doctors), Agarwal’s wife Pooja and former laboratory technician Mahender Singh were produced in a court and sent to five-days’ police custody.
The notice dated November 16, police said, came in response to a letter sent by the Delhi Police to the Delhi government’s Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) stating the illegality of the medical procedures being carried out inside the premises.
Besides Mahender, the doctors also used to allow “other inexperienced people” to perform surgeries in lieu of small payments, police have alleged.
A senior police officer said they will now make arrests of people who used to supply the banned medicines and medical equipment to them.
The notice also mentions the various complaints against Agarwal and his clinic; it asked the proprietor to appear in person or through a representative, according to provisions of the Delhi Nursing Homes Registration Act, to show cause as to why an order of cancellation of registration should not be issued.
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“Whereas, in one of the above mentioned complaints it was alleged that Dr Pooja is doing medical procedure in the nursing home. Whereas, in another complaint (Major Basoya) it was alleged that Dr Neeraj Agarwal, his wife and another staff were not performing the necessary tests for the treatment of his brother,” the order stated.
According to police, the centre used to offer surgeries, including removal of gall bladder stones, charging patients between Rs 20,000 and Rs 25,000 with the promise of completing the procedure within 15 to 20 minutes.
Their latest victim was a patient named Jai Narayan, 44, who was operated upon for removal of his gall bladder stone. He died in October. Last year, another patient, Asghar Ali, died after a similar procedure.