A surprise inspection has found several irregularities at the Bhind district hospital, raising the suspicion of a thriving nexus between a section of medical staff and private medical service providers.
In September, a couple was arrested in Bhind for illegally aborting foetuses in lieu of money. It was found that nurses of a government hospital used to refer pregnant women to the couple’s clinic for commission.
Bhind collector Ilaya Raja T served a show cause notice to three doctors and a lab technician after a notice was found informing the hospital’s X-ray machine was out of order despite it being fine. The notice also been served to medicine counter in-charge.
Raja questioned in-charge doctors and other staff members for the reason behind this misleading notice but they failed to give any satisfactory reply.
Complaints of patients being referred to private medical laboratories and stores by the government hospital on commission basis are not new at the district hospital.
Patients complained to Raja that most of the medicines, including multi-vitamin tablets, are unavailable in the hospital. There are few stores where all medicines are available, they told the collector.
“We found irregularities and punishment has been given to defaulters. An investigation will also be done to break the nexus,” Raja told HT over the phone.
(With inputs from Subhash Jain)