Hemant Joshi : Delhi Hospital Scam: Sub-Standard Equipments Supplied, 10 Held

Delhi Hospitals Raided for Supplying Sub-Standard Equipment: 10 Arrested

In a shocking turn of events, 10 individuals have been apprehended by the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) in Delhi for their alleged involvement in providing sub-standard equipment to state-run hospitals. Disturbingly, official documents reveal that these hospitals had received the faulty items even before they were officially delivered.

ACB Chief Madhur Verma stated, “During the investigation, connivance of doctors, officials, and hospital storekeepers with these suppliers surfaced.” This revelation highlights the deep-rooted corruption within the healthcare system.

Investigations have uncovered that the accused manufacturers and suppliers had fabricated receipts for the sub-standard items, as prescribed by health officials. Even in cases where there was a shortage or no delivery, false documentation was produced. Additionally, laboratory owners were found to have created fake and forged reports regarding the quality of the supplied items.

The alleged fraud came to light during vigilance checks conducted by health officials last August. Samples were collected from six hospitals, including LBS, DDU, and GTB, and sent to government-approved labs for testing. Shockingly, all the tested items, such as cotton bandages, absorbent cotton, infusion sets, latex examination gloves, and rolled bandages, were found to be of sub-standard quality.

Further investigation revealed that the accused individuals utilized the GeM portal to supply the sub-standard items. However, these items were supposed to be accompanied by certificates from government-approved laboratories.

The ACB has raided 14 firms suspected of involvement in this scandal. Numerous laptops and documents have been seized, and representatives have been interrogated. ACB Chief Madhur Verma stated, “Investigation revealed that government officials intentionally avoided obtaining the necessary lab reports and licenses as mentioned in the GeM contract order. In some cases, the license numbers mentioned by the supplier did not belong to him or the manufacturer.”

It is troubling to note that despite the ongoing investigation, fraudulent activities continue to occur in hospitals. The arrested individuals include manufacturers, suppliers, and pharmacists, while efforts are underway to apprehend others involved in this racket.

One of the individuals arrested, Harshit Joshi, was the owner of a firm based in Delhi’s Laxmi Nagar. He had placed an order for approximately 49,000 handloom-rolled bandages with a manufacturer based in Noida, who did not possess the required license.

This incident sheds light on the dire need for stricter regulations and increased vigilance in hospital procurement processes. The safety and well-being of patients should always be the top priority, and steps must be taken to ensure that sub-standard equipment does not jeopardize their lives.

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