Members of team ‘insaaf’ led by independent MLA Simarjit Singh Bains held a protest outside the Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) on Saturday. They alleged that medicines were being sold at an exorbitant rates on hospital premises.
They alleged that poor patients were being harassed by hospital authorities as they are being charged double for the medicines that can be easily bought from shops outside the hospital for half the price. Later, Bains met hospital director Dr AG Thomas and discussed the issue with him.
Bains also produced the bills of medicines purchased from chemists on hospital’s premises and outside in which same medicines had different prices. “An injection of a medicine that was bought at `650 from outside was being sold at Rs 1,271 inside the hospital. Similarly, several other medicines are being sold costly than the market price,” alleged Bains.
He said the poor patients who come to the hospital for their treatment have complained to him regarding the issue and there was a need to address the issue immediately.
Dr AG Thomas told Bains that the medicines that are being sold inside the hospital are of high quality and the quality of the medicines sold outside in the markets could not be ascertained.
Dr Thomas also told Bains that there were several funds that were pending from the government’s side as a result the hospital is also facing financial issues.
Bains said he would help the hospital in procuring the pending funds from the government by protesting against the latter but the cost of medicines should not be inflated to this extent.