Four Health officials suspended for illegal sale of medicine

Last Updated: Sunday, May 23, 2010 - 22:22

Lucknow: Four Health officials, including
the Chief Medical Superintendent of Gonda Women Hospital, were
today suspended and an inquiry ordered following charges that
they were allegedly involved in selling medicine meant for
free distribution in the open market.

"On the directive of Chief Minister Mayawati, CMS of the
district women hospital Saroj Bala, senior medical officer
Nitin Gupta and two pharmacists, have been placed under
suspension and attached with the health directorate," a
government spokesman said here.

Departmental proceedings have been initiated and the
Officiating Director of Balrampur Hospital Shobhnath has been
nominated to conduct an inquiry against the accused, the
spokesperson said.

He said the Chief Minister had earlier deputed a team to
inquire allegations that medicines meant for free distribution
were being sold in open market.

"During inquiry when batch numbers were cross checked, it
was found that medicine meant for free distribution was being
sold illegally by medical stores," the spokesman said.

Taking a serious note of the incident, Mayawati has
asked the Health department officials to ensure that
medicines supplied to the hospitals were not being sold in the
market and has directed them to conduct surprise inspections
in other districts.

PTI




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