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Posted at: Apr 21, 2017, 1:45 AM; last updated: Apr 21, 2017, 1:45 AM (IST)

CID to question 2 chemists, laboratory owner over graft

Ravinder Sood

Palampur, April 20

Two local chemists are likely to be questioned by the investigating agencies for their alleged connivance with two senior doctors of the local Civil Hospital here who are under the scanner for alleged corrupt practices prevailing in the hospital.

Official sources said in most of medical prescriptions, the doctors had recommended patients to buy medicines from these two shops in the town. A private lab situated in the town is also under the scanner where a doctor had sent most of his patients for medical tests. This was also revealed that he paid heavy commission to the doctors for recommending his name.

A local NGO who had raised this issue earlier before the Chief Minister, Principal Secretary, Health, and Director, State Health Services, had also named these two doctors for their alleged connivance with the chemists for selling substandard drugs, cheating patients in lieu of paying hefty amount to doctors.

Dr Vinay Mahajan, Medical Superintendent of the Civil Hospital, Palampur, said 90 per cent medicines prescribed by the doctors were available in hospital stores, therefore, there was no justification in prescribing medicines from the market.

He said there were two labs inside the hospital. Therefore, it was illegal to send patients for medical tests to private laboratories.

He said all drugs available in hospital stores were of standard companies and no doctor should mislead patients for their vested interests, adding that the medicines available in the hospital stores were branded product, therefore, it would be wrong to term these medicines as of poor quality.

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