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Investigation Into Alleged 'Cash for Kidneys' Scandal at Apollo Hospitals

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Investigation Into Alleged 'Cash for Kidneys' Scandal at Apollo Hospitals

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Apollo Hospitals Under Scrutiny

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The New Delhi city government has initiated an investigation into Apollo Hospitals, India's largest private hospital chain, following allegations of being involved in illegal organ trade. The probe has been prompted by a recent media report that linked the hospital to the illegal sale of kidneys by Myanmar nationals.

Investigation Triggered by Media Report

The Telegraph, a UK-based newspaper, published a story accusing Apollo Hospitals of running a 'cash for kidneys' racket. According to the report, impoverished villagers from Myanmar were allegedly enticed to sell their kidneys to wealthy Burmese patients. The donors were reportedly flown to Apollo's Delhi hospital for the organ removal procedure. The hospital, which conducts approximately 1,200 transplants annually, has strongly denied these allegations.

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Apollo Hospitals Reacts to Allegations

Following the publication of the Telegraph's report, Apollo Hospitals expressed shock and denied any involvement in the alleged illegal activities. According to the hospital, all its transplants are conducted following every legal and ethical requirement. It has also initiated an internal investigation to probe the matter further. Dr. Sandeep Guleria, the surgeon named in the report as conducting the transplants, also denies any knowledge of the alleged illegal activities.

National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation Calls for Investigation

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The National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO) has written to the Delhi authorities demanding a thorough investigation into the matter. NOTTO Director Anil Kumar emphasized the need for concrete evidence before deciding on the next course of action. Details of donors and patients have been sought from Apollo Hospitals for the investigation.

Previous Allegations

This is not the first time Apollo Hospitals has been linked to a kidney scandal. In 2016, some members of the hospital staff were arrested in connection to a separate organ trading controversy. However, the hospital has consistently maintained its innocence, labeling the allegations as 'absolutely false, ill-informed, and misleading'.

Impact on Apollo Hospitals

The allegations have had a significant impact on Apollo Hospitals. The shares of Indraprastha Medical Corp, an associate of Apollo, saw a drop following the announcement of the investigation. The hospital chain continues to deny any intentional involvement or sanctioning of illegal activities, and it remains to be seen what the outcome of the ongoing investigations will be.

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