Rajindra Hospital doctor-private lab nexus continues

Rajindra Hospital doctor-private lab nexus continues

In a complaint to the Medical Superintendent, the association alleged that the nexus between the two was rampant.

Karam Prakash
Tribune News Service
Patiala, January 15

An alleged nexus between doctors of Government Rajindra Hospital and private labs has once again come to the fore. The Patiala Chemist Association has alleged that private labs and chemists have been fleecing poor patients in connivance with some doctors at Rajindra Hospital.

In a complaint to the Medical Superintendent, the association alleged that the nexus between the two was rampant.

It has been learnt that touts of private labs and chemists keep roaming near OPDs, wards and operation theatres (OTs) to entice potential customers.

The association alleged that doctors called touts to collect samples and provide medicines at the hospital itself. Besides, touts of chemists provided surgical items and equipment at the OT citing convenience and emergency. The banned practice was mainly rampant in surgery and orthopedics departments, the association added.

Gursharan Singh Dhillon, president, Retail Chemist Association, said, “It is unfortunate that doctors are involved in such practices. It brings a bad name to the hospital. How come touts of private labs enter OPD and wards. We demand that the hospital authorities should immediately take action to stop this practice.” Lab owners and chemists reportedly share their earnings with doctors.

Meanwhile, following complaint, the Medical Superintendent has written to head of various departments and unit in-charges to take action against erring doctors. Dr HS Rekhi, Medical Superintendent, Government Rajindra Hospital, said, “I have already written to doctors to look into the complaint. Moreover, we will be issuing a warning to all doctors of strict action if anyone is found guilty.”

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