Valley Hospitals Face Acute Drug Shortage

SRINAGR: All the associated hospitals of Government Medical College Srinagar are facing acute shortage of medicines as suppliers allege that these hospitals have turned defaulters while authorities claim that shortage followed surfacing of spurious drug scam.

Unlike in Jammu, the Valley based hospitals have become defaulters and the suppliers have stopped the supply of life-saving drugs to all the hospitals associated with GMC, Srinagar, sources said.

Principal, GMC Dr Pampori said that the demands of suppliers were genuine but rejected reports that due to shortage of drugs patients were suffering. “There was shortage of drugs after the spurious drug scam surfaced in the media. However, we have taken care of it and patients are not suffering,” he said adding that there was some liability and they have taken up the issue with the Government.

Informed sources said that SMHS was facing acute shortage of anti-biotic and anti-viral drugs which includes Timentin, Vancomycin and Acyclovir etc. “Medical Superintendents of most of the hospitals have stopped payments to suppliers for their personal interests. They seek commissions from them and let patients suffer,” one of the medical employees said without giving his name.

Medical Superintendent SMHS Hospital Dr Nazir Choudhury said that patients were not suffering in any way because of shortage of drugs. “There was shortage but we are managing and did not let the patients suffer. I can’t tell you the exact figure how much we owe to suppliers,” he said.

Sources said that all the hospitals including Lal Ded, SMHS, GB Pant, Psychiatric Disease Hospital, Chest Disease Hospital are facing the crisis due to the shortage of drugs. (CNS)

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