Two senior doctors, including the president of Madhya Pradesh Medical Officers Association, who had raised the issue of supply of substandard medicines, alleged on Thursday that health department was indulging in "witch-hunting of the whistleblowers," instead of taking action against those who supplied substandard medicines in the first place.
MP Medical Officers Association president Dr Ajay Khare told HT that he along with Dr Padmakar Tripathi, medical officer at Government TB Hospital and Arun Diwedi, non-medical assistant at JP Hospital, who is also the president MP Class-III Employees’ Association, have been served charge sheets, accusing them for conspiracy and defaming government’s scheme for free medicine distribution.
"I have received a copy of the charge sheet, while Dr Padmakar Tripathi and Diwedi are yet to receive a copy. But charge sheets have been put on the state health department’s website since September 16," Khare said.
He claimed that instead of exposing the suppliers of substandard medicines and where such medicines have been supplied in last few years, the department was baying for their blood because they dared to raise this issue which could make a difference of life and death in some cases.
Dr Padmakar Tripathi said while working at Government TB Hospital, he found that one antibiotic Ofloxacin was having no effect on the patients despite being a life saving drug.
"After that I filed an RTI at the controller food and drugs, where I got the reply Ofloxacin was substandard. The officials also informed me that in last two and half years. Besides, the testing lab had found 147 substandard medicines. Now, if the health department is claiming that these medicines were sourced from private medical stores, the question arises is whether it was private or government, it is the moral responsibility of the authorities and doctors to stop and raise a hue and cry about," he said, adding that if the need arises, they will approach the court.
When HT contacted principal secretary health Praveer Krishn said whatever the department felt against the doctors is in the charge sheet and he has nothing more to say regarding the issue.