Indian doctor reprimanded for breaching Comm Games ‘no needle’ policy

AN Indian doctor has been reprimanded after needles were discovered by cleaners inside the Commonwealth Games Athletes Village on the Gold Coast.

CGF chief executive David Grevemberg said on Sunday that an investigation was underway following the discovery.

“Some syringes were found in the athletes’ village and we are continuing to investigate the nature of why those syringes were found and if anything is behind this,” he said at the time.


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Following an investigation into the incident, it was revealed the Team Doctor of the Indian Boxing Team had administered a vitamin B injection to an athlete that was feeling unwell.

As a result, the Commonwealth Games Federation ruled on Tuesday that the doctor would receive a “strong written reprimand” for breaching the Games’ ‘no needle policy’.

“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 CGF Federation said in a statement.

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

The court said that while the doctor did not file an Injection Declaration Form, as required by the No Needle Policy, he “complied with the direction of the Commission and emailed information which, in the Court’s view, is substantially similar to the information required on the Injection Declaration Form.”

“In the circumstances, the Federation Court’s decision is that CGF should issue a strong written reprimand to the Doctor with a recommendation that he immediately familiarize himself with CGF Policies, in particular the Medical Policies and Standards applicable during Games time so as to avoid a recurrence of any breaches.”

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