Fortis loses licence for organ transplant

Fortis loses licence for organ transplant

The Appropriate Authority (AA) for the Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues Act, 1994, has cancelled the licence issued to Fortis Hospital on Bannerghatta Road for conducting organ transplants as it had “illegally conducted” pancreas transplantation.

“The (AA) has unanimously decided to cancel the registration given to the hospital as per Section 16 of the Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissue Act, 1994,” an order by the five-member authority said. It observed that the hospital did not possess the certificate to perform pancreas transplant nor had it taken the consent of the patient in the manner prescribed.

The case pertains to Seema Rai, whose husband Major (retd) Pankaj Rai took the matter to court after her death in May 2010. Kumar V Jagirdar who is providing legal assistance to Rai said just a day before the renal transplant, the hospital authorities spoke to the family about the pancreas transplant.

A statement issued by the hospital said, “The order pertains to the case dating back to May 2010. We are studying the order where the AA has given certain observations for the first time. Although we respect the order, we reserve the right to appeal as we believe the hospital performed the procedure in the patient’s best interest.”

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