Govt plans to provide free medicines at its hospitals

Govt plans to provide free medicines at its hospitals

The State government is planning to provide free medicines to patients at government hospitals and will soon constitute a committee of officials to study the drug procurement system in other states, including Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Haryana.

Speaking to reporters here on Wednesday, Minister of State for Medical Education Dr Sharanprakash Patil said it was the government’s intention to provide free medicines at all government hospitals and there was a need to streamline the drug procurement system to realise the same.

“We plan to procure drugs in a transparent manner, prevent any leakages and pass on the benefit to the people by providing medicines free of cost at government hospitals,” he said.

Dr Patil said he was also in touch with Health and Family Welfare Minister U T Khader in this regard and, a meeting of representatives from the two departments (Health and Medical Education) would be convened soon.

“Our plan is to implement the scheme in all government hospitals. If it is not possible, we will implement it at least in hospitals attached to government medical colleges,”he added.
Medical colleges

He said the Medical Council of  India (MCI) has sought some minor clarifications on the State’s proposal to start government medical colleges in  Chamarajanagar, Koppal, Gadag, Karwar, Madikeri and Gulbarga. The government will send its reply in a day or two.

The State government has received proposals for setting up four private medical colleges and the same will be placed before a Cabinet sub-committee for consideration this week, he said.

Report submitted

Replying to queries regarding irregularities that allegedly took place during staff recruitment in Government Medical College in Mandya, Dr Patil said that the Justice Gururajan Committee submitted its report recently and the government has decided to accept the same.

He said the Rajiv Gandhi Super-speciality Hospital (known as OPEC Hospital) in Raichur will reopen from November 1.