Docs accused of sending patients to India for money

Himalayan News Service

Dhangadi, February 1:

Doctors at the Seti Zonal Hospital in Dhangadi and the Mahakali Zonal Hospital in Mahendranagar have been accused of taking commission from Indian health centres for referring their patients to those hospitals and clinics.

According to locals, the doctors are sending their patients to private hospitals in bordering Indian towns for a handsome sum in return.

A report shows that only 16 doctors are on duty out of the out of the 36 posts in the two hospitals.

Dev Kumar Khadka, a local of Dhangadi, the district headquarters of Kailali, said the doctors have been sending patients to India by telling them that they have little chance of survival here.

According to Dev Kumar Khadka, the people in the far-western districts of Kailali, Kanchanpur, Baitadi and Dadeldhura are forced to go to India following the local doctors’ recommendations.

An employee at the Seti hospital said on condition of anonymity that some doctors of Kailali and Kanchanpur receive bank drafts from India for sending their patients there for treatment.

A record shows at the PDS Hospital in Pilbhit, India, shows that 13 Nepalis are currently undergoing treatment at the hospital.

Dr PD Singh of the hospital said over 60 per cent of their patients are Nepalis.

He added that the patients had been referred by Nepali doctors.

He, however, declined to comment on the commission they have allegedly been paying.

Dr Ram Bihari Chaudhary of the Mahendra hospital said: “I have heard that Nepali doctors are getting up to 30 per cent commission for referring patients to Indian hospitals, but I have no idea about the bank draft”.

It is said that most Nepalis consult Nepali doctors before heading for the Indian cities like Bareli, Pilbhit and Lucknow.

The doctors here send them to India for various tests and surgeries.

According to a Seti hospital staffer, the Keshlata hospital and Shil hospital in Bareli and the PDS hospital in Pilbhit, India, offer these commission to the doctors here.

An Indian drugstore retailer said

a very bad trend of paying commission to doctors here has developed over the years.