Commission Business: SKIMS doctor refers patients to private diagnostic centres for test

Srinagar: A female patient from Srinagar city Monday alleged that a doctor at Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences Soura forced her to conduct ‘Bone-Profile’ test at a private diagnostic centre Karan Nagar.

      Ironically the Doctor has penned down the name and the mobile number of the private diagnostic centre and asked the patient to call her for the time and date of the test. “I had some problem in bone and for that purpose I visited SKIMS Srinagar where a bone specialist (name withheld) treated me. I was supposed to go for a Bone Profile Test, but instead of conducting the test at the hospital, the doctor advised me to visit a private diagnostic centre Karan Nagar. He wrote the mobile number and the name of the diagnostic centre on the prescription letter vide Patient ID number 513477,” the patient Hakeem Gulshan Ara told news agency CNS.

    The relatives of the patient alleged that the doctor refers all the patients for Bone Profile tests to the said diagnostic centre where he works on commission basis. They demanded a probe into the incident.

     When contacted, an official from SKIMS administration said that Bone Profile tests are also conducted in the hospital and the doctor should not ask his patients to visit private centres. “Please ask the patient to visit the hospital along with her prescription. We will look into the matter,” he said.

     Pertinently, a bone profile blood test is used to evaluate problems with the bone. This test determines the proteins, minerals and enzymes involved in bone turnover. (CNS)