SKIMS reinstates 7 officials accused of fraud

SKIMS reinstates 7 officials accused of fraud
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Inquiry into supply of expired dextrose ‘ignores role of senior officials’

SRINAGAR: The Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Science (SKIMS) Soura has reinstated seven officials indicted in the supply of expired fluids (dextrose 10%) in 2017.
As per the official order, seven officials including a chief pharmacist, three pharmacists, a store keeper and two staff nurses have been reinstated after serving more than one year in suspension following the outcome of inquiry committee report charging them of mismanagement and negligence at various levels.
“The suspended officials has been reinstated following the recommendation of HOD Hospital Administration and review committee after they submitted their apologies to HOD Hospital Administration with the request to settle their issue by taking a lenient view,” it said.
The competent authority, as per the order, had considered the recommendations made by the review committee and decided that the seven suspended officials should be reinstated with immediate effect treating the period of their suspension as leave.
However, the administration has imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 on each for “the established charges, keeping in view the sensitive nature of the case and to maintain accountability in the institute.”
SKIMS Administration has also issued a show cause notice to all the employees asking them to reply why the fine should not be imposed on them.
Sources in the hospital told Kashmir Reader that the inquiry into the supply of expired fluids at SKIMS has completely ignored the role of senior officials into the fraud which was unearthed in 2017.
“SKIMS administration has failed to initiate legal case against the tainted officials indicted by the inquiry committee in 2017 and those who had been ignored by the committee,” they told Kashmir Reader.
A senior official said the SKIMS administration didn’t initiate criminal proceedings against those who were in charge of purchase and approval of medicines.
“The concerned Faculty In-charge of Drug and Pharmacy Services is coercing the panel which has first delayed the investigation and later halted the criminal complaint,” he said.
The official said the Chief Pharmacist and other junior officers had been made scapegoat while other officials, who were in-charge of the store, drug counter and purchases were left scot-free.
According to them, the higher-ups including the faculty in-charge of the drug store, In-charge Material Management and Purchases had ignored the repeated alerts by the Chief Pharmacist about the presence of expired fluids.
“The administration was aware of the presence of expired dextrose in the pharmacy as Chief pharmacist had informed them about it well in time. However, they ignored the alerts and allowed the supply of the fluids at the Pharmacy Drug Counter and ordered fresh supply also,” officials said.
Ironically, the expired stock was supplied to the Drug sales counter of SKIMS by the concerned storekeeper in the absence of Chief Pharmacist, as per sources.
“Everything was happening in the presence of the administration as the Medical Superintendent had appointed a Senior Resident as In-charge of Drug and Pharmacy for almost three months when the Chief Pharmacist was on leave. And it gives unscrupulous employees to indulge in wrongdoing,” a pharmacist said.