Srinagar: The Government Medical College (GMC), Srinagar, is considering a ban on visits of pharmaceutical representatives to associated hospitals besides banning entry of touts who lure patients to private hospitals and diagnostic centres.
A day after police arrested two touts from the hospital for luring patients to private hospitals by offering discounts, GMC officials said pharmaceutical representatives may also be barred.
“We have taken the issue of touting very seriously and are discussing a plan to ban visits of medical agents inside hospitals. Something substantial will come up soon,” said the principal of the Srinagar GMC, Dr Samia Rashid.
Sources in the hospital said that the issue of banning medical agents was discussed by the GMC Srinagar principal in a meeting attended by the medical superintendents of associated hospitals.
Most of the administrators had suggested that a ban order should be issued against touts while medical representatives should be allowed into the hospital only during free hours.
Hospital insiders said officials were receiving complaints about touts roaming in associated hospitals, offering patients and attendants discounts on surgeries and diagnostic tests at private institutions.
There have also been complaints that some doctors were giving more time to the visiting medical representatives while the patients suffer in the queues.
Officials said the proposed ban could have a positive impact on healthcare delivery at government hospitals as doctors could then focus better on patients.
“Medical representatives should visit doctors at their private clinics or after duty timings because people who are queuing for hours in OPDs suffer as many doctors are busy in meetings with medical representatives in their chambers,” an administrator said.
On Wednesday, the police arrested two touts from the Shri Maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS) Hospital for allegedly cheating ailing people by offering them discounts on surgeries and diagnostic tests at private health institutions.
The arrested duo has been booked under sections 419 (cheating by impersonating) and 171 (wearing garb of a public servant with fraudulent intent) and FIR 55/2017 is registered against them in Police Station, Karan Nagar.
Sources said the accused duo had been running their illegal business in SMHS Hospital for years, luring patients to private health institutions and diagnostic centres.