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Day on, Patiala SMO transferred to Fazilka

Order comes after report on CHC patients being forced to pay for private anaesthetist

Day on, Patiala SMO transferred to Fazilka

Following a report on fee being charged from poor patients for surgery at the CHC, Tripuri, the government today transferred the Patiala SMO to Fazilka district.



Tribune News Service

Karam Prakash

Patiala, October 1

Following a report on fee being charged from poor patients for surgery at the CHC, Tripuri, the government today transferred the Patiala SMO to Fazilka district.

The action against the SMO comes a day after The Tribune highlighted that poor patients were being forced to pay for private doctor for surgery due to the lack of an anaesthetist at the Tripuri CHC.

In the orders issued by the Health Secretary, SMO Dr Sanjay Bansal has been transferred to the CHC, Ram Sran, in Fazilka. It has been learnt that senior health officials, including the Health Secretary, were allegedly upset over the negligence of the SMO.

Meanwhile, the Health Department has issued directions to all SMOs across the state, asking them not to charge a single penny from the patients.

In the orders issued by the Health Director, a copy of which is with The Tribune, the SMOs have been directed to pay the empanelled doctors (private doctors) — if need be — as per the rate fixed by the government from the hospital ‘user charges’ and not from the patient’s pocket.

Citing the government directions, the order further reads: “There are strict directions from the Punjab Government to not put any financial burden on the patients at the government hospitals. Head of the health centres and district in-charge will be responsible for any violation of the directions.”

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