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Despite availability of medicines, facilities, patients referred to private clinics
Doctors-Clinic owner' nexus stand exposed
4/19/2017 11:25:06 PM
Akshay Azad
Early Times Report
Jammu, Apr 19: In a deep rooted nexus between doctors posted in various government hospitals in district Rajouri and owners of diagnostic laboratories, clinics, chemist shops innocent and poor patients are being forced to purchase medicines from open markets, with an aim to get big commission.
Sources informed Early Times that for the last many months, such malpractices of doctors in nexus with owners of Clinical laboratories, chemist shops have been going on in almost all the hospitals including District Hospital Rajouri, Community Health Centers of Darhal, Kandi, Nowshera, Sunderbani, Manjakote, Kalakote.
Doctors have fixed commission with these laboratory owners, chemist shops in lieu of which they have been recommending various diagnostic-tests from these shops and diagnostic laboratories, despite the fact that same are available in these CHCs and District Hospital Rajouri, sources said.
Time and again allegations were leveled by public against the doctors, but no action has been initiated and administration preferred to ingore such allegations, instead of taking action on these erring officials.
On Wednesday the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr. Suresh Gupta wrote a communication no CMO/Adm/R/2017-18/589-99 dated 19-4-2017, to the Medical Superintendent District Hospital Rajouri, BMO Darhal, Kandi, Nowshera, S
Wait and watch?
Though CMO has directed all the doctors but the lobby of doctors and private clinic owners is so strong that these people would bribe some officials and continue with their activities and no doctor would be punished.
nderbani, Manjakote, Kalakote, referring to repeated complaints from public that some touts of private nursing homes and clinics are found roaming in hospitals and they trapped and lured the patients for purchase of medicines, lab tests, X-Ray, ultrasound and for surgeries at private nursing homes and clinics.
In the order it has also maintained that Jammu and Kashmir Medical Supplies Corporation Limited (JKMSCL) has been providing enough medicines and consumable items but doctors have been prescribing medicines, which are not supplied by the Corporation.
The CMO has directed Medical Superintendent DH Rajouri and other BMOs to direct all doctors to prescribe the medicines, which have been supplied by the JKMSCL and ensure that medicines and consumable items are provided to the poor and needy patients from hospital especially pregnant women, children, senior citizen, handicapped and BPL.
The CMO has also asked to constitute a grievance cell in the hospital premises for public assistance and monitor such unlawful activities in the hospital premises.
"Though CMO has directed all the doctors but the lobby of doctors and private clinic owners is so strong that these people would bribe some officials and continue with their activities and no doctor would be punished", an official said, adding that it might prove merely an eye-wash for general public.
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