A shocking case of corruption and medical negligence has once again come to fore at Kashmir’s premier health institution—SKIMS Soura with doctors found using expired equipment and consumables at Cardiac Cath Lab putting the life of patients in danger.
While the department enquiry is yet to fix the responsibility of sale of expired surgical equipment and consumables at SKIMS drug counter, the new revelations have raised many eyes brows and stir the hornet’s nest.
Official sources told Rising Kashmir that the equipment used for Angiography and other procedures in Cardiology Department and consumables like Catheters are being used way beyond their expiry date in the premier institute.
“This is sheer criminal on the part of SKIMS administration that they are allowing such an illegal practice risking lives of gullible patients. There is no doubt that practice is going on in connivance with the hospital administration because the stock is being used after re-sterilization in CSSD,” a senior faculty member told Rising Kashmir, wishing anonymity.
He said the expired consumables are being used re-sterilization and re-labeling and used on poor patients.
An official, privy to the Purchasing Department said the illegal practice was going on since many years in SKIMS.
“Some officials of Pharmacy Department and Purchase Section are running a mafia inside the hospital in connivance with some administrators. They purchase substandard and expired equipment and drugs from dealers on lesser rates and sell them to people on Maximum Retail Price,” he said.
“The unethical and criminal activity putting the life of gullible patients at risk as the sterilization treatment results in residues on devices which can cause anaphylactic shocks in dialysis patients and are Mutagenic and Carcinogenic,” said a doctor.
Rising Kashmir has reported a story about the sale of expired equipment and consumables at SKIMS Drug counter in its April 3 edition after which the SKIMS administration had initiated an internal inquiry. However, they are yet to fix the responsibility despite more than two weeks had passed.
Ironically, the officials allegedly faked a burglary in the institute’s Drug Store a day after the news about expired equipment broke.
Medical Superintendent SKIMS, Dr Farooq A Jan told Rising Kashmir that the enquiry would take some more days to complete as the panel needed some clarifications.
However, he said the administration had sought an explanation from few officials. When asked about the persons found involved, he said: “This is the official issue, I can’t reveal it.”