Accountability Commission initiates action against Health Dept, JKMSCL

Accountability Commission initiates action against Health Dept, JKMSCL
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Srinagar: The State Accountability Commission (SAC) on Thursday initiated proceedings against the JK Health Department and the JK Medical Supplies Corporation Limited (JKMSCL) for supplying emergency drugs to hospitals without quality check.
The proceedings were announced today by a full bench of the SAC comprising Chairman Justice Bashir Ahmad Khan and Justices JP Singh and Bashir Ahmad Kirmani, after taking suo motu cognisance of Kashmir Reader’s report on the supply of drugs and consumables to hospitals without quality check.


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On July 31, Kashmir Reader broke a story about the failure of JKMSCL to complete quality tests of emergency drugs and consumables meant for hospitals in Kashmir since January this year, forcing hospital authorities to give the unchecked drugs to patients. The dubious drugs supplied included those meant for emergency patients and other critical units of hospitals.
“The supplies that were received without Quality Check (QC) from JKMSCL are Vancomycin, Mannitol, Dextrose, Supplement Feed for critical patients and children, and consumables like disposable syringes,” official documents in possession of Reader Correspondent had revealed.
“Officials of the Government Medical College (GMC) Srinagar and Directorate of Health Services Kashmir (DHSK) have also communicated their concern to JKMSCL several times. They have said that essential drugs and consumables received from the JKMSCL were without the QC report from the Quality Section of the corporation,” documents added.
Following the revelations, the Commission issued notices to the Commissioner/Secretary, Health Department, and Managing Director JKMSCL to file their response. The Commission had also asked Kashmir Reader to send material that made the basis for the exclusive report.
In compliance, the Reader Correspondent submitted the official documents before the Commission in person, following which it decided to meet on August 31.
After examining the news report and official documents, the Commission today decided to initiate action against the Health Department and JKMSCL.

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