Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has announced new measures on how medicines will be procured in government hospitals in future.
Contrary to earlier practices, starting from 1 February, the MS, Hospital will be given authority to procure in an emergency situation.
Kejriwal said, “The year 2016 will be the year of education and health for people living in Delhi. We are making a huge initiative in health sector. Patients always complaint about not getting medicines in government hospitals. But come 1 February, there will be no shortages of medicines in government hospitals. There are many other problems we’ve identified which we will try and address in the months to come. But shortages of medicines were most important complaints we’ve been receiving.”
Kejriwal added that the central purchasing authority will be responsible for procuring the medicines and consumables in future.
He said that the doctors had been told not to prescribe the medicines outside the list of agreed by all hospitals to ensure their easy availability.
“But I do understand that new researches take place and we will need to include new medicines from time to time. Should that happen, doctors can send their recommendations and our committee of experts will analyse and approve them to include in the list.”
A helpline number is also expected to be launched where the patients can send the photo of the medicine not available in government hospitals
More to follow