Haryana Health Minister Suspends Two Orthopaedics for prescribing medicines not available in hospital
Ambala: During a surprise visit at Ambala Cantonment Civil Hospital, the Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij has ordered the suspension of two orthopedic doctors for prescribing medicines which were not available in the hospital and could only be procured from pharmacies outside the hospital.
Vij also ordered to charge-sheet a doctor and sought explanations from four other doctors and a nurse.
The stringent action comes after the health minister interacted with patients, who were present in the hospital for treatment. As per media reports, he collected all those prescription cards which mentioned medicines that were not available in the hospital.
Vij stated that he received several complaints from patients who alleged that the doctors at the hospital were prescribing medicines which were only available outside the hospital.
When asked as to why the doctors are prescribing medicines which can only be purchased from outside the hospital, the Senior Medical Officer (SMO) of the hospital, Dr Satish Gupta could not find any satisfactory answer reports TOI.
Accordingly, the minister directed to suspend Dr Singla and Dr Moudgil of orthopedics department. He also put Dr Kamboj of the same department under charge-sheet as per Rule 8 of the Haryana Civil Services
Vij later sought explanations from Dr Kuldeep of psychiatry department, Dr Kathwal of general medicine department, Dr Sharma and Dr Rajesh of the emergency out-patient department (OPD), and a staff nurse Sunita, following complaints against them, adds Tribune.
“Further proceedings will be done after the explanation from the doctors and the nurse is received,” Vij confirmed.
The minister also conducted a thorough inspection of all the departments and facilities of the hospital. Later, expressing his objection, he questioned the SMO as to why most of the doctors were not available at the hospital at 2.15pm, when the patients were waiting in the OPD.