close
Advertisement
Can't connect right now! retry

add The News to homescreen

tap to bring up your browser menu and select 'Add to homescreen' to pin the The News web app

Got it!

add The News to homescreen

tap to bring up your browser menu and select 'Add to homescreen' to pin the The News web app

Got it!
A
APP
February 9, 2018
Advertisement

Stents case: SC says medical profession not aimed at profiteering

National

A
APP
February 9, 2018

Share

ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar while hearing a suo motu case of the sale of substandard and expensive coronary stents observed that the profession of medicine should not have the objective of profiteering.

The chief justice passed these remarks Thursday while heading a three-member bench. During the hearing, the committee headed by Dr Azhar Kiani submitted its recommendations to the apex court regarding the inexpensive production of stents locally.

A coronary stent is a tube-shaped device placed in the coronary arteries that supply blood to the heart, to keep the arteries open in the treatment of coronary heart disease. The committee will begin working on the recommendations in two weeks, the court said, adding that the court will make efforts to bring the price of stents below Rs100,000. The court directed the provinces to submit their proposals on the recommendations in a week.

The apex court also summoned details of all federal projects headed by Pakistani scientist Dr Samar Mubarkmand. The chief justice said the court would take up the issues of expensive dialysis and kidney treatment in next hearings.

The issue of patients being supplied with illegal stents surfaced after the FIA exposed the mafia by sending its assistant director as patient last year, Geo News reported. The fraudsters also included some doctors at Lahore’s Mayo Hospital, who would falsely diagnose people with heart issues, letting their accomplices trick them into getting surgeries. They would sell the patients fake stents for up to Rs200,000, which actually cost the fraudsters Rs6,000. The swindlers even conned several patients into paying money without even placing these stents inside their bodies.

According to officials of the health department, the seized stents did not have manufacturing date, price or registration number on them. In the last hearing on Saturday, the Supreme Court ordered the attorney general to submit within a week the audit report of Rs37 million handed to Dr Mubarakmand for the production of coronary stents.

Dr Mubarakmand informed the court that a project worth Rs37 million was started while he was the chairman of the National Engineering and Scientific Commission (NESC). The project was then handed over to the National University of Sciences and Technology, which had informed the court that it started production of stents locally in August last year.

Advertisement

Comments

Advertisement

Topstory minus plus

Opinion minus plus

Newspost minus plus

Editorial minus plus

National minus plus

World minus plus

Sports minus plus

Business minus plus

Karachi minus plus

Lahore minus plus

Islamabad minus plus

Peshawar minus plus