The administration of local Shahid Babu Labh Singh civil hospital has failed to implement the directions of the state health minister that no vehicles other than those of patients, attendant and hospital staff should be allowed to be parked in the hospital parking.
Not only this, the contractor is also charging fee more than the prescribed limit, almost double, under the very eyes of the hospital authorities.
On December 20, 2013, health minister Surjit Kumar Jyani, during his visit to the civil hospital, had asked the medical superintendent and the civil surgeon that apart from vehicles of the staff, patients and their attendants, no outsider should be allowed to park inside the hospital when the problem of parking space in the hospital was brought to the notice of the minister by mediapersons and the other people.
Surprisingly, the contractor has been virtually fleecing the patients by charging them at a flat rate of Rs. 30 for a car and Rs. 10-15 for two-wheelers instead of the prescribed Rs. 10 and Rs. 5 for a car and a two-wheeler respectively in the contract.
The contractor's employees are also straightaway demanding Rs. 30 from the patients for parking a four-wheeler.
"It is strange that the contractor has been overcharging the patients and others. This is the failure of the system," said Harpreet Singh, an attendant of a patient.
"People coming for shopping in the nearby markets also park their vehicles in the hospital parking due which it is always crowded. Sometimes, even patients find it tough to park their vehicles," said Jaswant Singh.
When the HT team visited the parking and parked their car, the contractor charged Rs. 30 as parking fee. When asked about overcharging, he preferred kept mum.
Medical superintendent Jagjeet Singh Cheema, when contacted, admitted to overcharging by the contractor.
"We have already issued a notice to the contractor twice on this. A fresh notice is being issued to him and if he fails to follow the provisions mentioned under the contract, we will terminate the contract," Cheema said.
He added that the hospital administration has not received any written orders from the health department to ban the entry of outsiders for parking their vehicles.