Expressing concern over deteriorating health services in the state, senior BJP leader and former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal blamed the Congress-led state government for the entire mess.
In a statement issued on Sunday, he said due to apathetic attitude of health staff, patients were suffering a lot and they were forced to approach private hospitals to get treatments by paying exorbitant fees.
Dhumal claimed during the previous BJP regime, a strong set up of health services was established up in the state and as a result the state was rewarded at the national level by the centre. However, with the arrival of the Congress in power, the old system was scrapped and medicos and para-medical staff was transferred on political considerations rather than putting them in various institutions on the basis of their need.
The BJP leader alleged that Hamirpur zonal hospital had been converted into a referral hospital and serious patients were sent to IGMC, Shimla and Tanda Medical College in Kangra district even for minor operations.
Dhumal demanded a high-level probe into the functioning of the health department, especially, in case of posting of staff, keeping the costly instruments ideal and to transfer the medicos purely on political considerations. He said while people were facing the problems, the ministers and other senior Congress leaders were ignoring the situation.
The BJP leader warned the state government that if it did not take up the issue of providing timely and adequate medical services to the people, the BJP would come on roads to get justice.