Touts rule roost at SMHS hospital

Patients, attendants face inconvenience

AHMAD KASHMIRI

Srinagar, Feb 4: Inordinate delay in implementation of the Drug Policy is taking a heavy toll on the patients in the summer capital.
 Due to delay in implementation of the Drug Policy aimed to streamline the sale of medicines, touts of private medical shops rule the roost at the SMHS hospital here. 
 Presence of dozens of touts at the OPD side of the SMHS main gate causes immense inconvenience to patients and their attendants.
 To boost their business, most of the medical shop owners outside the hospital utilize  service of touts.  “These touts force patients and visitors to SMHS to purchase medicine from particular medical shops. This is frustrating,” said a patient who was surrounded by many touts as soon as he came out of the OPD. 
 On Monday, patients and attendants were irked when two medical shoppers exchanged heated arguments when a tout stood infront one of the shops. “It is discretion of patients to purchase medicine from any shop. But these touts literally drag patients and their attendants to buy medicine at respective shops. Ironically, authorities are acting as mute spectators to the menace. The Government must implement Drug Policy to permanently check the problem,” a group of patients said.
 When contacted, Deputy Drug Controller Kashmir, Nazir Ahmad Wani acknowledged that touting is prevalent outside SMHS hospital.
 “Drugs and Food Control Organization has taken cognizance in past by sealing medical shops and suspending drug licenses of offenders. Touting is in no way allowed, instead it is an offence and liable for punishment. We will take appropriate action against the offenders within three days” Wani said.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 4 Feb 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 4 Feb 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 5 Feb 2013 00:00:00 IST




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