Anantnag: The fair price medical shop inside the premise of Anantnag district hospital is allegedly not providing the scheduled discounts on medicines and disposables, as attendants and sources at the hospital said.
Moreover, the shop has become a bit cumbersome to approach with the hospital getting shifted to the new building and the shop staying put where it had already been.
The fair price shops inside the hospitals are scheduled to provide a discount of five per cent on medicine and 30 percent on disposables on hospital prescriptions.
However, according to patients and hospital sources Kashmir Reader talked to, the shop does not provide any discounts at all.
“They sell the medicine at print rate without providing the scheduled discounts,” a doctor posted at the hospital said, adding that most of the patients do not even know that they are supposed to get a discount.
Besides, the doctor told Kashmir Reader, that the quality of medicines sold at the shop is also below par.
The issue, as per sources, has been raised time and again with the concerned authorities but no action has been taken till date.
The shop is sub-let to a private person, and is located some 300 meters from the new hospital building.
“A round trip to the shop takes more than 15 minutes, which is crucial when we are talking about dealing with patients,” Khursheed Ahmad, a local resident told Kashmir Reader.
The locals feel that the shop should have been relocated soon after the hospital was shifted to the new building.
“But for reasons better known to the hospital administration no such step has been taken thus far,” he rued.
Chief Medical Officer Anantnag, Dr Fazil Kochak, told Kashmir Reader that people should come forward with complaints so that appropriate action is taken.
“We do check the functioning of the shop on a regular basis but they provide due discounts in front of the officials. If they indulge in any malpractice afterwards, we should get complaints from the patients so that action is taken,” Kochak said.
On the issue of the shop being too far from the hospital Kochak was of the opinion that disposables and medicines to emergency patients are now provided within the hospital, which does not make it that big a hassle.