Patient diversion finger at doctor

RIMS in Bariatu, Ranchi

Ranchi: A resident of Piska More has shot off a letter to state health, medical education and family welfare minister Ramchandra Chandravanshi accusing a RIMS cardiologist of diverting a patient to his private clinic for conducting radiological tests at a much higher cost and demanding proper action against him.

In the letter, Sunil Oraon claimed that he had taken his uncle to RIMS for treatment where Dr Pravin Jha recommended some radiological tests to be conducted at his private clinic called Heart Clinic at Karam Toli. Oraon said the tests could have been performed at RIMS at a much lower cost.

Oraon alleged that Jha, who also treats people at Narayan Multi Specialty Hospital at Nawa Toli in Daltonganj, referred patients to private hospitals in the city instead of RIMS where treatments could be done at a reasonable cost.

A copy of the complaint, which does not mention any date, is available with The Telegraph. RIMS acting director R.K. Srivastava expressed concern over the situation and assured a proper probe.

"One cannot divert any patient from RIMS. We will probe the matter once the copy of the complaint reaches us from the minister's office," Srivastava said.

Oraon confirmed to have written the letter but said he couldn't recall the date. "I also don't remember the date when I had gone to RIMS with my uncle J. Oraon. I am not in my house right now and will let you know later. But the allegation is correct," he said on Friday. He said he used to study law at Chotanagapur Law College but had to discontinue studies.

Dr Jha refuted the allegation. "I do not have a clinic. As my appointment is on an ad hoc basis, I do treat patient outside RIMS but I have never diverted any patient from the state-run hospital," the assistant professor of the cardiology department said.


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