Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal warns of action over medicine crunch in hospitals

Kejriwal has called for a mechanism to be developed to tackle such festering issues plaguing government hospitals in the city, under which, he said, officers will be held accountable for any lapses.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:May 30, 2017 11:30 am
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The Delhi government will act against officers responsible for “non-payment” of bills to suppliers of medicines in its hospitals and may “deduct” salaries of officers behind lapses, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has said. He has laid down the instruction in a letter to Chief Secretary M M Kutty on the issue that came to the fore during his recent surprise inspection of the Sanjay Gandhi Hospital.

The chief secretary has been directed to respond by 11 am tomorrow detailing the reason behind the “non-payment” of bills, which has led to a medicine crunch, affecting patients flocking these state-run facilities for affordable health care.

Kejriwal has called for a mechanism to be developed to tackle such festering issues plaguing government hospitals in the city, under which, he said, officers will be held accountable for any lapses.

“In case a charge (interest) is to be paid on late payment, the amount should be deducted from the salary of the accountable officer,” Kejriwal wrote, seeking a comprehensive plan by next Monday.

Last week, Kejriwal had expressed “displeasure” after paying a surprise visit to the Sanjay Gandhi Hospital in Mangolpuri.

The Delhi government had appointed a new medical superintendent at the hospital after Kejriwal found that it had failed to comply with his direction to provide free medicines and diagnostic test facilities.

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    Laxmi Narayan
    May 31, 2017 at 9:56 am
    Good step. Punish all those who are working against interest of AAM AADMI. Let Modi appointed LG instruct to pay full ry to the corrupts. Then it wil be interesting what stands Judiciary takes?????
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      Manohar Sharma
      May 30, 2017 at 10:11 pm
      Kejriwal ! a HAWALA King.
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        TIHAEwale
        May 30, 2017 at 11:53 am
        one can never sure who the next target of Akela Arvind, so having found he has no chance against LG now he is venting fury against CS M.M.Kutty.
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          rajan
          May 30, 2017 at 1:14 pm
          The Corrupt want to undermine the well-intentioned directions of CM so as to spoil his image. Politics is a dirty game in which opportunists try to appease the more powerful. Since Union Government doesn't want him to succeed, they will definitely keep their moles in Delhi government to ensure that the promises AAP made to the common man are not kept. Kejriwal has to deal with any such official firmly. If CS would have any valid reasons, there shouldn't be any problem. Otherwise, the person concerned has to be held accountable. Non-performance under lame excuses can't be tolerated. They all are public servants & are not paid high remuneration for putting obstacles in service to the people in general and the poor in particular. So don't try to malign him without knowing the facts.
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            L bhadrapati Devi
            May 30, 2017 at 5:56 pm
            Arvind has no portfolio and responsibility to any department but drawing ry and park. This useless stuff is eroding value of CM of Delhi. Early withdrawal of Arvind looting of Delhi is better.
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              Manohar Sharma
              May 30, 2017 at 10:13 pm
              Kejriwal is known as a HAWALA King in Delhi.