The Uttarakhand government is studying whether to resume the local purchase (LP) of branded medicines at Doon District Hospital after the private drug retailer stopped services due to non-payment of dues, CM’s media in-charge Surendra Kumar said.
The service promises providing branded medicines free of cost to VIPs, Below Poverty Line (BPL) cardholders, Rashtriya Swasthya Beema Yojna (RSBY), media persons and others.
“Misuse of the services has been reported. We are studying all aspects of the scheme and very soon we would be able to take a stand on this along with riders,” Surendra Kumar told Hindustan Times.
According to the Doon Hospital, nearly 53% patients availing of the facility are of general category and VIP, 26% belong to BPL category, 8% press persons, 7% physically disabled and disaster victims while only 6% are RSBY beneficiaries.
The hospital spends Rs 3 crore on branded medicines under LP annually.
The director general ordered to stop local purchase after the matter of non-payment of amount to the private retailer reached the department. After the health minister’s intervention, the matter was submitted to the government, which is presently under scrutiny.
“Local purchase drugs have been suspended at the hospital. However, we are providing generic medicines to all patients instead of the branded,” said Doon Hospital chief medical superintendent Dr RS Aswal.