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Caught taking Breast implants

By CAROL MATROO Wednesday, April 30 2014

QUESTIONS are being raised against a doctor working at an institution within the North-West Regional Health Authority (NWRHA) after the doctor was allegedly caught removing medical items from the place where he works, including breast implants.

According to a well-placed medical source, the doctor has in the recent past had several run-ins with management officials at the institution where he works.

“This doctor was caught by a security guard removing breast implants from the compound about three weeks ago and now it seems that incident is being swept under the carpet because of the doctor’s perceived political affiliation,” the source claimed. The source added the doctor was caught stealing the implants for use either in implanting privately at a cost to the patient or implanting in patients who do not need such procedures for which the Government is charged.

“On some of the patients, the doctor would do an implant and then suggest that the woman take off the other breast, ‘just in case’. This is not only unethical but also a tremendous cost to the patient,” the source said, adding that a pair of breast implants could cost up to US$10,000.

However, when contacted yesterday, chief executive officer of the NWRHA Judith Balliram, claimed reports of removal of items including breast implants were not true.

“Nobody was caught stealing anything. We review all our procurement. The hospital administrator is responsible for that area and is supposed to be checking all his stocks...he is responsible for that. In our management reports we look at all our procurement records. The hospital administrator is responsible for reviewing any removal of stock that is under his purview,” Balliram said

She said if the administrator had caught anyone stealing he (the administrator) would have had to report it to the police and there was a process in which to do so.

“If he finds somebody stealing then he has also breached his responsibility because then he does not know what his responsibility is. He is the eyes and ears of the facility and he is supposed to be putting control in place,” Balliram said.

Vice-chairman of the NWRHA, Toey Du Coudray, said he was unaware of any theft at the particular institution.

“If it did in fact happen you would have spoken to the former chairman Dr Edison Haqq, before he stepped down. However, a board meeting is not until later this month. The new chairman should be on board shortly, so if that is the case he would have the report when he comes. I haven’t heard anything about this at all,” Du Coudray said.

The vice-chair could not say who the new chairman would be, only that the instruments of the appointment are currently before President Anthony Carmona awaiting signature.

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