The Government Ophthalmic Hospital, Egmore, one of the major referral centres for eye care, has been left out from the list of recognised facilities for performing corneal transplantation in the State. Officials attribute it to a “clerical error.”
The hospital's name does not feature on the State government's website of cadaver transplant programme.
The list on the website, updated on January 31, 2012, has the names of only nine eye hospitals. It also provides details of the date for renewal of licence to conduct transplantation. Some of the major private eye hospitals also do not figure in the list. The Thanjavur Medical College Government Raja Mirasudar Hospital, the Government Rajaji Hospital, Madurai and the Government Headquarters hospital in Erode, have been listed as eligible to conduct corneal transplant. The Erode and Madurai hospitals have been accorded approval until 2013 and the Thanjavur hospital's licence is valid till February 2014. In Chennai, Sankara Nethralaya, Sankara Eye Hospital, Sri Ramachandra Medical Centre and Dr.Agarwal's Eye Hospital are in the list.
For a hospital to conduct transplantations, it must be licensed. Prior to the inspection, the hospital seeking to carry out transplantation must provide details about surgeons and anaesthetists, who must be registered with the Tamil Nadu Medical Council.