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Patient wrongly declared HIV+, DMC seeks to shut down hospital

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NEW DELHI: The hospital did not respond to queries from the Delhi Medical Council, which has recommended that its license should be cancelled.

The Delhi Medical Council (DMC) has directed the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) to cancel the license of Neutech Medical Centre, Taimoor Nagar, New Friends Colony, New Delhi, for negligence in preparing a HIV test report.

The hospital wrongly declared Salim Ahmad, a young man from Uttarakhand, as HIV positive, and thus destroyed his future.

Ahmad, who had applied for a job in Dubai, was referred by a tout to undergo a medical fitness test at the Neutech Medical Centre. The hospital reported him to be HIV+. But two subsequent tests in other health centers reported him to be HIV- and perfectly fit.

Ahmed complained to the Medical Council of India (MCI) against the Neutech Medical Centre's wrong report. This complaint was forwarded by the MCI to DMC which examined the complaint and found merit in it.

The Registrar DMC, Dr Girish Tyagi, says that despite repeated notices sent to the hospital, it failed to submit a written statement and medical records pertaining to the treatment, tests and investigation of Ahmad.

In a letter to the DGHS, Dr Tyagi said, “This recalcitrant attitude of the medical centre is highly deplorable and reflects poorly on the management. Prima facie it appears that the complainant has been victim of incompetence by the Neutech Medical centre as he has been wrongfully reported to be HIV positive and declared unfit vide their report dated February 1, 2017, and made to suffer because of that.”

Dr Tyagi urged DGHS to take stringent action including closure of the Neutech Medical Centre as it is apprehended that such a centre may not be equipped or have proper qualified doctors to run lab tests.

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