CKH-SMBB patients being forced to visit private hospitals

KARACHI:The employees of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto (SMBB) Institute of Trauma and Dr Ruth Pfau Civil Hospital, Karachi (CHK) have been found forcing patients to visit private hospitals for treatment for the sake commission and personal benefits, it emerged Saturday,


According to credible sources, the shifting of patients to private sector health facilities for the sake of commission has become common in SMBB Institute of Trauma and CHK in evening and night shifts, while the administration of these institutes have badly failed to contain these malpractices .


In such recent incident, a 32-year-old woman hailing from Shahbaz Town area of Quetta, Baluchistan, was reportedly shifted to SMBB Institute of Trauma where she was forced to go to private sector hospital situated near PMA House Karachi for Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) procedure and ventilator.


Some employees, security guards of trauma centre and a student leader was found involved in these illegal activities in the night shifts.


Although, this ERCP procedure is performed in CHK and Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC). The woman who was mother of one child had tested COVID-19 and later passed away as private hospital refused to treat her due to COVID-19.


Similarly, children are being shifted to private hospitals from Pediatric Emergency Department of Civil Hospital Karachi for the sake of commission. The private staff of emergency department has been found involved in this malpractices.


Despite enough doctors strength at SMBB Institute of Trauma and CHK, patients are being shifted to private facilities. The family members alleged that lack of care and insulating behavior of staff had compelled them to shift patients to the private health facilities.


Chief Operating Officer (COO), SMBB Institute of Trauma, Karachi, Dr Sabir Memon, while talking to PPI, said strict action would be taken if someone was found involved in these activities and added that shifting of patients for personal benefits was not acceptable at all.