Patiala: Government hospital faces inquiry for not providing free medications
Patiala: In response to patients complaints that they have been asked to buy medicines from outside the hospital premises, Deputy Commissioner Sandeep Hans has asked the Government Rajindra Hospital to provide a report detailing the reasons for not providing free medicines to patients from the hospital's medical stores.
Hans issued a letter to the hospital management directing them to conduct an inquiry into the matter and submit the report within 3 days.
DC told HT that "The prescription slips in which doctors asked patients to buy medicines outside the hospital have also been attached with the letter."
Due to medicines being unavailable at the hospital, indoor patients and outdoor patients were asked by government doctors to buy medicines from private medicine stores which are outside the hospital.
As per the rules laid by the government that it is mandatory for government hospitals to provide free medicines to patients visiting OPDs and emergency wards, it came to the fore that not even gloves, cotton and syringes are available at the hospital most of the time.
Providing free medicines is far from the point as people who can't even get treatment in a private hospital are forced to purchase these items from their own pocket.
Patients at the hospital told The Tribune that even the Emergency wing of the hospital didn't have the required medicines.
Medical Dialogues team had earlier reported on city news where a Patiala based Naseeb Kaur, at the age of 18 years has proved that learning knows no bounds by getting admission in Government Medical College (GMC), Patiala. She is all set to grab her white coat. She was a meritorious student of the government school in Bathinda. After losing her father, her mother is the only breadwinner of the family earning Rs 4,800 per month.