‘No medical records maintained, physicians do not display their registration numbers and do not prescribe the drugs in their generic names’
SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Tuesday directed the J&K Government to file a report with regard to schemes undertaken in health care.
The petitioner, Advocate Altaf Haqani, submitted to the court that despite the regulatory provisions (Indian Medical Council Act), it was invariably noticed that no medical records were being maintained by the Physicians pertaining to their indoor patients. While writing their prescription, the physicians, do not display their registration number and do not prescribe the drugs in their generic names.
On the contrary, the drugs are prescribed in the brand names of various pharmaceutical companies, an as a result the drugs are not available to consumers on uniform rates. The said course has also lead to corrupt, dishonest or unethical conduct on part of members of the profession who receive gifts, gratuity, commission or bonus in consideration of prescribing the medical treatment, thereby betraying the duty towards their patients, the petition argued.
Hearing the PIL on medical corruption, the division bench headed by Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey remarked that patient care has to be taken on priority and government has to be responsible on this.
Meanwhile the state’s counsel, M I Dar, submitted a compliance report in the court. Examining the report, the court said that “various steps in the field of medical treatment and care have been reflected. It is however, submitted that no details on the side of implementation of any such measures have been indicated. The respondents have not indicated the details of implementation of free drug policy or as to when free diagnostics policy is to be implemented in the peripheral health institutions. It is learnt that for administering the diagnostic policy, each basic health centre at the block level in the State has been provided with ultrasonic machines by making huge investments.”
“It is also learnt that for operations of such machines, no technically qualified staff has been provided. In the absence of such staff, the machines are operated by unqualified technicians which has its own direct impact on the quality of the reports of health status of the patients, resulting in forcing the patients to opt for the relevant tests from the open market,” the court remarked.
“No details of the prescription audit have been indicated in the status report or as to what is the status of its implementation. It has been pleaded that Heads of the Departments in terms of Government order of Dec 2016 have been assigned the task to frame standard operating procedures. No details thereof have been in indicated.”
“The respondents have not disclosed the progress on the count of Jan Aushadi Scheme or Janini Shishu Suraksha Kariyakarum and that what is the description and quality of the diet provided not indicated any details of free drugs and consumable, free diet and free blood and free transport schemes both to the mother and infant nor they have indicated any details of laudable policy of Rashtriya Bal Swathya Karikaram under National health Mission. There are reports that no funds or medicines are available for the programme at various hospitals.”