We will take action against data fabricators: Dr Chavan

CHANDIGARH: A senior faculty at the Government Medical College and Hospital 32 (GMCH) has been accused of data fabrication in an international journal. A committee had been constituted by the hospital that found the allegations to be true. The report has been submitted to the director principal, Dr B S Chavan who is framing plagiarism and unethical research guidelines to penalize the faculty and students.

Confirming about the case, Dr Chavan said, “We don’t have guidelines to take action against such unethical practices in research. I had written to dean PGI and they have sent us their guidelines which we shall adopt. We are at it and shall take action accordingly.”

Sources inform that a faculty in the department of urology had published a paper in “International Surgery Journal” in 2019. A complaint was received in the GMCH from a resident in Ambala that there is no robotic surgery facility in the hospital and the paper was based on the facility. Based on this, a fact-finding committee was constituted by the director principal.

The coauthors and the publishers of the journal were contacted. It was informed that as it was a multicentric study, the other two coauthors had not done the robotic surgery, as one was an anesthetist and the other person had retired from the centre before the study was done.

The study published that from April 2016 to March 2018, a total of 50 patients underwent open or robotic nephron sparing surgery. The participating centres in the study were the GMCH 32, Army hospital, research and referral, Delhi, and Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, Delhi. However, none of these hospitals had the robotic surgery during the period of the study. The GMCH does not still have this facility.

The study, “A prospective, multi-institutional study of perioperative morbidities in the patients of renal cell carcinoma undergoing either open nephron sparing surgery or robotic nephron sparing surgery in fifty cases,” was published in the August 2019 edition of the journal. It is published as an original article. The GMCH has no such robotic surgery facility. The other two hospitals placed in the paper were the Army hospital, research and referral, Delhi and Ram Manohar Lohia hospital, Delhi. “The author from the army hospital had not been working in the hospital at the time of the study,” said a doctor.

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Updated: February 10, 2020 — 10:44 am