Punjab health minister Surjit Kumar Jyani convened a state-level meeting with chief medical officers and senior medical officers here on Thursday.
Interacting with mediapersons after the meeting, the minister said Punjab had been divided into eight zones to check the conditions prevailing in government hospitals. The step has been taken to improve the working of hospitals, he added.
Jyani said doctors had been told to prescribe only the salt name and refrain from writing the brand name of medicines.
When asked whether he would continue with raids against government doctors involved in private practice, the minister said a committee comprising chief parliamentary secretary (CPS) Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu, principal secretary, health, Vini Mahajan and three civil surgeons would formulate a policy on private practice by government doctors.
Jyani said doctors were doing good work in government hospitals, thus a policy would be formulated considering the best interests of doctors and public.
Adulteration would be checked throughout the year, the minister said, adding that special teams would be sent to fairs organised across Punjab.
When asked to comment on speculation over her husband Navjot Singh Sidhu's candidature from the Patiala Lok Sabha seat, Dr Sidhu, who was present on the occasion, said, "It is for the party's (BJP's) standing committee to decide on this issue." However, she refused to comment on her husband's stand on contesting again from the Amritsar seat.