LUDHIANA: Most of the medicines which are prescribed by the doctors at civil hospital are not available at drug store of civil hospital. Though, patients are forced to buy the medicines from outside stores which are more expensive.
During a visit to civil hospital, most of the patients standing in queue outside drug store and different patients on being asked Usha Kumari said that my daughter is suffering from fever and throat infection. However, doctor has prescribed three medicines under which two were available at drug store and one was not there.
However, drug store employees told that this medicine is available outside at drug stores which cost them more and is not affordable for people of economically weaker section.
However, some of the patients claimed that most of the employees at drug store do not behave properly and always tell them to take the medicine from particular drug store which is illegal as most of the medicines are available with them but they do not give to the people.
Another patient standing outside drug store, Suresh Kumar said, “Two weeks before, I came to hospital as my daughter was not feeling well and prescribed medicines were not available though injections prescribed has to be bought from outside stores. Moreover, medicines are very costly from outside stores.
A doctor on requesting anonymity at civil hospital said, “Drug store employees have tie up with outside drug store though employees mint money by this illegal way. However, free medicines are allegedly sale at outside stores but not given to poor patients.
However, poor patients have to suffer a lot as civil hospital is the only hospital where poor patients have the reach and if this is going to happen every now and then, the higher authorities should then look into the matter.
When contacted civil surgeon Rajeev Bhalla said, “I will look into the matter and direct the employees to work properly”.
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