Taking a serious note of a nexus between some doctors of government Rajindera hopsital and prisoners, the authorities have constituted a four-member committee to ensure that no prisoner gets to overstay at the hospital.
According to the information available, last year 48 prisoners were admitted in the hospital, which included 16 in medicine ward, 12 in orthopaedics, 11 in surgery and four in outpatient door (OPD).
Sources revealed that despite the norms, stating that doctors can keep inmates in general wards or department specialist wards for one day and after which, it is mandatory to shift them to special prisoner ward,the inmates were being provided month-long stay with all the comforts at the expenses of the hospital.
The authorities informed that the hospital had been turned into a holiday destination for some jail inhabitants who were brought to hospital for treatment of different ailments. However even after the recovery, they were allegedly given deliberate extended stay. Sources said that the practice was being carried out for long time.
Jail inmates turning into patients had also become a cause of worry for the local police, since they had to provide adequate security in the hospital.
Doctors seeking anonymity said that though the matter had been brought to the notice of the authorities concerned several times in past but they had failed to act.
Rather than patients getting treatment in prisoner ward, specially constituted for jail inmates, doctors at different departments often opt to give medical assistance for several days in general wards with other patients.
Meanwhile, when the medical superintendent of hospital, Dr VK Sharda, was contacted on the matter he said: "A warning has been issued in an earlier case to a doctor and a four-member committee had been formed that will ensure that any jail inmate seeking a stay over 10 days is given permission only on health and medical grounds."