Following the news reports in media that exposed valley doctors receiving freebies from pharma companies, Government on Friday ordered a probe into the nasty nexus between doctors and medical agencies within a stipulated time of 3 days.
While talking to the Srinagar based news gathering agency GNS, a senior official from government wishing anonymity said that Government has constituted a 3-member team to inquire the allegations leveled against some doctors involved in getting freebies from a leading medicine company Micro-Labs Bangalore for prescribing their medicine.
The 3-member team comprises of HOD Medicine Dr Saima Bhat, Medical Superintendent (SMHS), Dr Nazir Ahmad Chowdary and Registrar Government Medical College Srinagar, Dr Wasim Khalid.
“The enquiry officer has been asked to submit the report within 3 days’ time,” the official said, adding that in the initial phase we have attached renowned Gastroenterologist and a consultant Medicine at SMHS Hospital, Srinagar, Dr. Abdul Majid Wani to the office of the Principal GMC College.
Principal Medical College, Dr Qazi Masood Ahmad while talking to GNS over phone said there is a specific media report about Dr Abdul Majid Wani having received freebies from Micro-Labs, Banglore and “we have initiated a departmental enquiry into the issue.”
Dr. Abdul Majid Wani, however, while talking to GNS on phone said: “There is conspiracy to malign my image. They (distributors) have made crores of rupees from this nexus and have bought land worth crores of rupees at Kupwara and in Peer Bagh area.”
When contacted Minister for Medical Education, Taj Mohi-ud-Din said we are looking into the matter and the enquiry team will submit its report within days. “After that we will be able to take decision regarding the issue,” Taj said, adding that it is unethical on part of doctors that they have sold their conscience to these companies.
The Minister further said: “We are going to forward the matter to Jammu and Kashmir Medical Council.”
Meanwhile, the probe comes a day after this Srinagar based news gathering agency Global News Service (GNS) reported how several doctors in Kashmir Valley were allegedly getting freebies from Bangalore based Pharma company Micro-Labs.