Indian team doctor reprimanded over use of needles: CGF

The Olympics Sports team Abdul Rahim and Muhammad Sadiq Padela, Gold Coast, Australia, April 3, 2018: Indian boxing team doctor Amol PATIL was “strongly reprimanded” by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) Court today (Tuesday 3 April) for breaching the No Needle Policy and injecting an unnamed Indian team boxer with a vitamin B complex in the athletes village (Indian team doctor reprimanded).

Dr PATIL told the Federation court he was aware of the No Needle Policy and detailed all use of needles from 19 March and co-operated in disclosing all medication in his possession, a CGF media release stated.

“The Federation Court found that there was a breach of Paragraphs I and II of the No Needle Policy, in that the doctor left needles in the room while he went to the Polyclinic to obtain sharp bins for the disposal of the needles,” the release continued.

“Under the No Needle Policy, needles are required to be stored in a central secured location, access to which is restricted to authorised medical personnel of the CGA delegation. The needles in question were not disposed of until he had made two trips to the Polyclinic.

“In the circumstances, the Federation Court’s decision is that CGF should issue a strong written reprimand to the doctor for the breaches.

“A copy of the letter of reprimand should be served on the Chef de Mission of the Indian team, who should be advised to ensure that no further infractions of CGF policies occur by any member of the Indian team.” —- GC2018

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