Not 'satisfied' with the reply of the Government Rajindra Medical College and Hospital authorities with regard to the presence of expired medicines in the emergency ward, the inquiry committee constituted by chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday sought entire record of the medicines purchased by the hospital in last five months.
Following media expose, the CM had constituted a committee and rushed the members to Rajindra Hospital. On Wednesday, the two-member committee comprising Punjab Health System Corporation (PHSC) managing director Husan Lal and director research and medical education (DRME) Tejveer Singh, inspected the medicine store of the hospital and found 'no expired medicines', but to make the probe foolproof, the panel has decided to go through the purchases made in the recent months.
“The CM is of the view that the matter should be probed thoroughly and there should be no loose ends. Since, the medicines with expired dates had appeared in the print media, the hospital has been asked to bring the entire record for verification,” Husan Lal informed HT.
Meanwhile, high drama prevailed in the office of medical superintendent VK Sharda, where, sources said, junior pharmacist Ripudaman, who allegedly issued the drug with expired date to the whistleblower staff nurse, was pressured by his seniors not to disclose anything before the committee.
“I have been asked not to say anything... You please ask my seniors. I am the juniormost employee at the store and whatever I do is in accordance with the orders of my seniors,” visibly upset Ripudaman said, when contacted by HT.
A section of senior doctors in the hospital feel that since the medical superintendent of the hospital was a blue eyed boy of medical education minister Chunni Lal Bhagat and comes from a Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) background, there were very strong chances that the minister would try his best to save Sharda, who is head of the hospital's medicine purchase committee.
Sharda was reportedly appointed as the medical superintendent overlooking a number of senior doctors who were eligible for the post.