The Government Rajindra Medical College and Hospital is the only government multi-specialist health institution that caters to hundreds of people of Sangrur and Patiala districts has come under fire due to alleged lack of a proper schedule for issuing medicines, injections and drugs.
Even as medical store of the hospital remains open from 8am to 2pm on working days, patients as well as medical staff fail get issued required medicines on time. According to information, only medical superintendent Dr VK Sharda has the signing authority to sanction medicines.
Not only patients but doctors and medical staff as well have been facing difficulty in procuring medicines on daily basis due to this system. In other hospitals, in an attempt to ease out medicines sanctioning process, besides the nod of MS, head of departments are also given the same power.
Seeking anonymity, a doctor alleged that the system of limiting sanctioning powers has been started by incumbent MS Dr VK Sharda, as earlier even HoDs were authorised to do the same.
“Dr Sharda must allow other administrative officials or doctors to sanction medicines as he is busy in OPDs and operation theatres on other working days. Due to his busy schedule, patients, who have been prescribed medicines and injections, approach us with complains of non-availability of medicines. They are left with no option but to buy medicines from private medical stores,” said a doctor.
Another senior doctor at the hospital said, “How can doctors and nurses deal with the patients without medicines. They can't wait for MS' nod in emergency cases.”
“Many a time, we have to wait for the MS for hours to get his signatures,” he added. The problem is mostly faced by cancer patients, who had to get free medicines or vaccines after every 10 or 15 days.
When contacted, MS Dr VK Sharda said the medicines were issued on each working day, besides wards were provided with medicines and injections in bulk. “No lackadaisical approach has been adopted as the files are immediately cleared to provide medicines to cancer patients and others on time,” he said.