The Punjab Civil Medical Services-Class One (PCMS-I) Association and the Doctors Federation of India (Docsfed) have flayed the recent raids by the Vigilance Bureau in several hospitals.
The bureau had raided the emergency services of 12 civil hospitals as part of its night vigil two days back. The doctors' bodies described these raids as a surrender by the Punjab health department. "The raids suggest that department is incapable of regulating its own hospitals," said a senior doctor.
"It seems, there is no other serious corruption issue left in the state. That's why the vigilance bureau is wasting so much time on a non-issue," said Dr DC Sharma, general secretary of PCMS-I Association and president of the Docsfed India, in a press statement.
He said that several big scams had been reported in the Punjab health department during the last five years. "The bureau should look into those scams rather than wasting time on checking the routine work of the hospitals."
Sharma said that no action had been taken against senior officers, who were collecting money for implementing heath services. "The PCMS activists who spoke against corruption in the health department are being victimised by the department," said Sharma.
The association has threatened to launch an agitation if more such raids were carried out. "There have been big scams in the purchase of medicines, especially the medicinal kits and surgical gloves. The local purchase policy of appointing certain chemists for supplying drugs to the civil hospitals is flawed. Several irregularities have been reported in the purchase of chemicals by the directorate of health services. The last five years of this government were ridden with corruption. The bureau should probe these cases instead of targetting doctors," demanded the association leader.