Punjab health minister Surjit Kumar Jyani on Wednesday transferred as many as seven doctors at the civil hospital, Fazilka, his home assembly segment, following a sting operation got conducted by him three days ago after complaints about them were received by the minister.
As per information, Jyani had been receiving complaints of various discrepancies prevailing in the hospital.
There were charges that a drug mafia was allegedly handin-glove with a few members of the hospital staff and despite availability of medicines in the hospital, patients were compelled to procure the same from outside and that too on higher rates, disclosed sources.
Private practice by government doctors in duty hours was an unchecked daily affair while without greasing the palm of the staff, especially lower rung, no medical facility was available, sources revealed further.
To divulge the truth behind the problem, Jyani planted a sting operation a few days ago at the civil hospital and, after interacting with general public in the civil hospital, asked Charandev Singh Mann, ADC(G), Fazilka, to probe the matter and even instructed to recommend police action, whereever required.
Meanwhile, Mann submitted the report of the inquiry to Jyani, who in the first phase, had taken action against seven doctors including the civil surgeon.
The action is also likely to be taken against pharmacists, nursing staff besides fourth class employees, disclosed sources.
The transferred doctors include civil surgeon Baldev Raj, SK Parnami, SP Garg, Davinder Bhukkal, Narender Sethi, Jugal Kishore and Vaneet.
The action had been taken in the wider interest of the common man and the same would be replicated in other parts of the state to ensure better health facilities to people, claimed Jyani.