Patients feel the pinch: Absence of small currency notes brings rush down at chemist shops in hospitals

“The problem is just that the chemists don’t have enough 100 rupee notes. They are managing it,” said a GMSH official.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published:November 19, 2016 4:52 am
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Absence of small notes in the market is still causing inconvenience to patients at hospitals. The rush outside chemist shops, however, has started receding. On Friday, at the chemist shops at PGIMER and other government hospitals, lesser number of people were seen.

“The rush was quite huge initially at the counters because the notes of smaller currency were less leading to chaos. The situation is changing slowly and there is less rush now at the counters,” said a chemist located inside the PGI’s Nehru hospital. Jarnail Singh, from Kumar Chemist, said lack of smaller currency notes were creating problems for them as well.

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“When someone brings Rs 2,000 notes and buys medicines for a few hundred rupees, it becomes difficult for us to return the change. So, in such situations, we either give Rs 500 or Rs 1,000 notes as we don’t have any other option,” he said. “Patients understand our problems as well.”

Dr Anil Kumar Gupta, medical superintendent of PGIMER, told Chandigarh Newsline that with the help of SBI, the institute provided facilities to patients, faculty and other people to change the currency or get money through ATMs.

“Everything is running smoothly now. Already, we have ATMs working inside the hospital. Cash is being dispensed though POS machines as well,” said Gupta. Officials at Government Multi Specialty Hospital, Sector 16, and Government Hospital at Sector 32 also said that the chemist shops located inside the hospitals did not have any rush due to demonetisation.

“The problem is just that the chemists don’t have enough 100 rupee notes. They are managing it,” said a GMSH official.