Hospital staff will arrange medication for patients: health minister | Jaipur News

Jaipur: Acting on complaints of ending ‘drug lapka culture’, Health Minister Parsadi Lal Meena visited Sawai Man Singh Hospital on Friday and ordered officials to surrender staff nurse or hospital staff responsible for arranging medications for patients and the “medication slips” should not be given to orderlies asking them to purchase medications outside.
Not only at SMS Hospital, but also at other hospitals in the state, such a system will be developed to ensure that patients get medication at their bedside, arranged by hospital staff and not attendants.
“Some complaints have been received by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. We have collected all the details of the complaints. Instructions have been issued to strictly ensure that no medication slips are given to patient attendants to purchase medications outside, this has already been implemented from April 1. All the arrangement of the drugs will be done by the officers here on behalf of the government,” Meena said.
Since April 1, the state government has implemented the announcement made by Gehlot regarding the provision of free outpatient and inpatient services in public hospitals. Despite implementing the announcement, Gehlot has received complaints that patient attendants are asked to buy the drugs outside the hospital. “Drug lapkas” are active in the hospital who catch orderlies with medicine slips and overcharge them.
“We have also treated the lapkas, now they will be discharged from the SMS hospital and the hospital staff will be making medicine available to the patients in their beds,” Meena said.
“From now on, if anyone (doctor or hospital staff) gives medication slips asking attendants but from outside, strict action will be taken against them,” Meena said. If the drugs are not available in the hospital, the hospital administration has also ordered to provide drugs and other essential items to the patients by purchasing them.
Meena said the unit chief of the different departments should be present 24 hours a day in all units of the hospital. Apart from that, organize the nursing staff so that the patient does not encounter any problems. He said that under the free medicine program, 969 types of medicine are freely available in various medical institutions.
The Minister of Health has expressed his dissatisfaction with the drug arrangements at the SMS Hospital Trauma Centre.

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