Minister Dr Tanaji Sawant stays action by NMMC on hospital, Health News, ET HealthWorld

Minister Dr Tanaji Sawant stays action by NMMC on hospital

Mumbai: More than a fortnight after the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) revoked the registration of Neurogen Brain & Spine Institute in Seawoods for providing stem cell therapy for children with autism, state health minister Dr Tanaji Sawant issued an order staying the civic action.

Sawant gave the interim order on Friday in response to an appeal filed by Neurogen hospital owner Dr Alok Sharma a few days back.

The order said the hospital would be allowed to operate till April 5, when its appeal would be taken up for final hearing.

Navi Mumbai municipal commissioner Rajesh Narvekar told that the hospital had approached the state health ministry in accordance with the law.

“As per the Bombay Nursing Home Registration Act, an aggrieved party has the right to appeal to the state government,” said NMMC medical health officer Dr Pramod Patil.

Narvekar and Patil said the NMCC would put out its stand on April 5, as mentioned in the interim order.

Neurogen hospital owner Dr Sharma said “With the stay given by the state health minister, we have now restarted our work at the hospital. Our patients from all over the country and across the world are grateful as they have been patiently waiting for us to restart our treatment.”

On February 24, the NMMC revoked Neurogen’s registration for conducting and advertising stem cell therapy for children with autism. The civic authorities said stem cell was not recognised as a treatment for autism as per ICMR (Indian Council for Medical Research) guidelines, leading to “false hope and unrealistic expectations and exploitation”.

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