Odisha: 'Strict No' For Medicine Representatives At Capital Hospital During Work Hours

26 September 2019

Snigdha Chandan Das

Bhubaneswar: Hospital authorities along with the State Police have started tightening the noose against brokers operating at Government medical facilities and hospitals in Odisha. Four brokers including a medicine representative were arrested from the Capital Hospital on Wednesday ahead of launching of much-awaited ‘Mo Sarkar’ programme by Odisha government on Oct 2.

Capital Hospital Director Dr Ashok Kumar Pattnaik said that he is keeping a close watch on this matter and will initiate action against middlemen operating on the premises.

"I have had multiple meetings with the Police Commissioner on this matter. There are standing instruction to medicine representatives not to enter the premises during hospital hours. Besides, the campus is under 24-hour CCTV surveillance to check operation of brokers," Dr Patnaik said.

He added that it was a tough job to wipe out the operation of brokers completely. "Ever since I joined Capital Hospital, I made it clear that MRs should not disturb the doctors during work hours. Secondly, the operation of brokers has reduced significantly," he added.

Dr Ashok Kumar Pattnaik, Director, Capital Hospital