Unnecessary referrals, non-utilization of medicine

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Guilty Medicos to Face Stern Action

JAMMU-Minister for Health and Medical Education, ARI and Trainings Ch Lal Singh today said that strict action will be taken against the management of hospitals, who are not providing the medicines to the patients from the available stocks.  

“The doctors should provide free treatment to the patients and desist for asking them to purchase medicines from open market. Any hospital staff doing so will face stern action” the Health Minister told Doctors while inspecting the Sub District hospital, Banihal.

During his visit to the hospital, the Minister   while interacting with, patients, medicos and paramedics inspected the healthcare facilities being provided to the people.

Taking strong notice of unused stocks of medicines in the hospital, the Minister imposed a penalty of Rs 20000 and Rs. 5000 on Storekeeper and Pharmacist, respectively.

Lal Singh also directed Director Health Services to conduct an enquiry into the matter and submit the report within three days as to why the available stock of medicines has not been distributed among the patients. He directed the hospital management to display the list of available medicines at prominent place for the information of the general public.

The Minister directed the medicos and paramedics to put in their best efforts for the improvement of medical facilities in Government health institutions. He asked them to work with missionary zeal and take all necessary measures to improve the healthcare.  

The Minister also inspected pace of progress on additional block District Hospital Ramban.  He directed the executing agency JKPCC to complete the project within stipulated time frame.

At Primary Health Centre, Chanderkote, the Minister inaugurated official accommodation quarters building constructed at a cost of Rs 95 Lakh.

The Minister stressed the need to discourage   unnecessary referrals from rural hospitals to avoid rush at tertiary hospitals. He called for equipping the district hospitals properly to attend all types of patients except of serious nature which require specialized treatment in the tertiary centers. “The concerned doctors will have to give the reason for referring the particular patient to the higher institutions”, he ordered.

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