March 27, 2009 1:33:19 am
As the only chemist shop at Government Multi-Specialty Hospital,Sector 16,was closed for the second consecutive day today,patients and attendants were a troubled lot. They have called upon the Administration for alternative arrangements .
The chemist shop had been shut with immediate effect by the UT Health department on Wednesday,after the department had found them selling ScheduleH drugs without the doctors prescription.
The department has also served them a showcause notice and they will be allowed to resume operations only after they have filed a reply,officials at the department said.
The hospital must have more than one chemist shop. Before taking any action,the Administration must have seen to it that alternate arrangements were made for providing medicines so that patients do not suffer, said Ram Sharan,accompanying a patient at the emergency ward.
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Another visitor,Kulbir Singh,whose relative is admitted in the general ward,echoed the sentiments. The problem of procuring medicines from outside hospital premises is acute at night. The hospital authorities should make some other arrangement until a solution is found.
Director Health Services (DHS) Dr M S Bains,meanwhile,chose to remain tightlipped on the matter.
The matter is to be dealt by the DHS and not me, said Medical Superintendent Dr Usha Bishnoi,when asked about any alternate plans being made for procuring medicines at the hospital.
A senior official with the hospital said: As the chemist shop has been closed for two days now,there are bound to be problems for patients. We are seeking a solution.
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