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Delhi CM pulls up GB Pant, LNJP heads over medicine shortage

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NEW DELHI: During a surprise inspection at the hospitals, Arvind Kejriwal saw that the drugs were not available at the hospitals' pharmacies and that the waiting period for patients to get the medicines was too long.

Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal, has summoned and pulled up Dr SK Khanna, director, GB Pant Hospital and Dr. J C Passey, medical superintendent of Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) hospital in his office in the Delhi Secretariat over shortage of medicines in their hospitals.

The reprimand to the heads of the two prestigious Delhi government-run hospitals came after the chief minister, along with health minister Satyendar Jain and senior officials of the health department, made a surprise visit to both hospitals on October 3, 2017 morning and saw the state of affairs.

The chief minister found that many prescribed drugs were unavailable at the pharmacy counters of both hospitals. Kejriwal himself checked the records of the drugs available. On learning about the shortage of drugs, he summoned the Director of GB Pant and MS of LNJP hospitals immediately.

Arvind Kejriwal interacted with the patients and their relatives who were standing in long queues for medicines at both the hospitals and asked them whether they were receiving all the prescribed drugs.

Most patients complained that they were not receiving the prescribed medicines at the pharmacy counter. The chief minister talked to many patients to know the accessibility of free medicines at both hospitals.

Kejriwal ordered the heads of both the hospitals to make sure that the waiting time at the pharmacy counter is shortened as much as possible.

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