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SLMC seeks info on doctors accused over kidney racket

SLMC seeks info on doctors accused over kidney racket

January 22, 2016  04:20 pm

The Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) has sought information regarding the doctors who have been accused in connection with the Indian kidney transplant racket, from the respective private hospitals. 

Medical Council Registrar Dr Terance de Silva stated that the hospitals were notified in writing yesterday (21), however so far there have been no responses from the hospitals. 

Indian police have uncovered information regarding 6 Sri Lankan doctors from 4 private hospitals allegedly involved in the kidney racket. 

The Ministry of Health has also launched an investigation into the allegations. 

A three-member committee comprising Dr. Kanthi Ariyaratne, Director of Private Health Sector Development, Dr. Deepthi Perera, Provincial Director of Health Services (Western Province), and a senior official of the Health Ministry’s investigative unit has been tasked with probing the allegations. 

The committee is expected to visit the private hospital where the doctors named by Indian police have performed kidney transplant surgeries. 

Director General of Health Services Dr Palitha Mahipala has instructed to expedite investigations and submit a report within one week. 

The ministry is expected to take necessary action based on the findings of the committee. 

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