Apart from strict departmental action, immediate legal action has been recommended against the alleged erring pharmacist of Government Rajindera Medical Hospital by the inquiry committee probing into allegations against him of extracting money from patients for past several months.
The pharmacist, Sohinder Kumar Kansal, has been found guilty of extracting money from patients by a three-member inquiry committee formed after the complaints of several patients and doctors of various departments.
The inquiry committee comprised doctors submitted its report to medical superintendent Dr VK Sharda on Saturday, who will now table the report before senior officials of the health and family welfare department.
However, the negligent and lackadaisical attitude of the Rajindera hospital authorities raised several questions, as despite repeated complaints from senior doctors against the pharmacist, the authorities neither grilled Kansal nor bother to take any action against him for past three years. The authorities only managed to transfer him from one department to the other.
According to the complaint filed by Malwinder Kumar, a Sular resident, Kansal allegedly charged him additional `140 for various tests on December 13,. When the complainant asked him about the extra money, Kansal told him that he would return the money after 12 noon, but Kansal failed; following which Malwinder lodged a written complaint with the hospital authorities.
“The inquiry report states that the complainant was not the first victim of Kansal, as he used to extract money from other patients and their attendants,” inquiry committee doctors said.
In fact, earlier, Kansal was found at fault during his duty at the emergency ward a year ago when he was charged with selling hospital's medicines in the market. Following the complaint, the hospital authorities deputed him at birth/death certificate section, where he was charged with selling certificates.
Kansal was also accused of not returning balance money to patients against payment of their outdoor patients' department (OPD) slip. He went ahead with this practice for several months, but no action was taken despite several complaints.
The medical superintendent said that he had received the inquiry report, which found the pharmacist guilty of extracting money from patients.
“The report will be sent to senior officials with recommendations of immediate legal and departmental action against Kansal. In the meantime, we have decided to transfer him to some other department,” he said.
“I will personally approach the senior officials, as strict punishment to Kansal will help teach lesson to such defaulters working in the hospital,” Dr Sharda added.