Probe into removal of uterus under Arogyasri

Special Correspondent

Six hospitals have been removed from the empanelled list of Arogyasri Health Care Trust

HYDERABAD: An inquiry has been ordered by the government against six empanelled hospitals of Arogyasri scheme in the State for allegedly performing hysterectomy (uterus removal) on women aged below 30, thus depriving them of the chances to bear children.

These hospitals have been removed from the empanelled list of Arogyasri Health Care Trust forthwith and blacklisted.

Aarogyasri Minister P. Satyanarayana, who rushed to the city from Rajahmundry, following reports that “these illegal operations were being conducted for undue pecuniary benefit”, said the inquiry would be conducted by Vigilance officials. Further action would be taken against the hospitals and doctors concerned after receiving the report. Sources said the government’ s further action might include recovery of the amount paid to the hospitals by the trust at the rate of Rs 30,000 in each case, to ensure compensation to the victims, besides booking of cases. The government noted with serious concern that some doctors and hospitals were exploiting gullible village women by instilling fear among them that they would die unless uterus was removed.

Hospitals blacklisted

Mr. Satyanarayana said the hospitals blacklisted are: Anji Reddy Hospital, Piduguralla, B.M.R. Hospital, Nandan Hospital, both in Guntur, Sai Care Hospital, Hanamkonda, Chandramohan Hospital, Madanapalli and Kamala Hospital, Dilsukhnagar (Hyderabad).

He said the government prescribed that uterus could be removed in case of women aged 30 under the scheme only if they suffered from multiple fibroids, carcinoma in situ, carcinoma cervix stage I and II, ovarian carcinoma.

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