If everything goes as per the plan, Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector-32, and Government Multi Specialty Hospital, Sector 16, would soon have chemist shops offering discounts up to 60% on the maximum retail price of medicines and surgical implants.
HLL Life Care Limited, a government agency, has submitted a proposal to the UT administration, showing interest in opening chemist shops on premises of both the hospitals for sale of medicines at subsidised rates. According to sources, HLL would be offering 20% to 50% discount on branded medicines, 50% on generic medicines and 10% to 60% on surgical implants.
Dr Atul Sachdev, director-principal, GMCH-32, confirmed the development about ongoing discussions with HLL. Sources also revealed that the company would make a presentation before the UT administration officials in the coming week.
The discount being promised is much higher as compared to what is being given by the chemist shops on the premises of both the hospitals. As of now, maximum discount of 15% is given on branded medicines and 30% on surgical and generic medicines.
It is a known fact that medicines and surgical items are being sold at inflated prices by chemists located on premises of city's government hospitals. On a large number of items, the price difference is more than 50%. The HLL outlet is being opened to break the monopoly of the big chemist lobby.
The HLL has expertise in procuring and retailing drugs at nominal rates. They have been running a similar shop at a medical college in Thiruvanthapuram, Kerala.