Dr RK Karkara, senior medical officer (SMO) at Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital, on Friday issued notice to doctors and ordered them not to prescribe medicines to patients outside hospital.
The step was taken after the state health minister issued show-cause notice to the SMO and questioned him about the prescription of medicines outside hospital on Tuesday.
Dr Karkara said: “I issued a notice to all doctors of the civil hospital that they should prescribe medicines which are available within the hospital. In case, some medicines are not available at free dispensary then they should prescribe medicine that could be available at Jan Aushadhi Kendra.”
He said he had issued such notices earlier also and this was a reminder.Replying to show-cause notice to the Ludhiana civil surgeon, Dr Karkara said only one gynecologist was working on Tuesday when sudden inspection on the orders of the health minister was conducted.
The hospital has only three gynecologists of which one was working in the operation theatre, one was on off and the other was on leave without information on Tuesday.
Dr Karkara said: “The hospital needs at least five gynecologists, as nearly 500 deliveries, including 200 caesarian, are conducted in a month.”