Sweeper caught prescribing neurology drugs in top Amritsar Hospital

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Sweeper caught prescribing neurology drugs in top Amritsar Hospital

A sweeper was caught prescribing neurology drugs in Guru Nanak Dev Medical College and Hospital in Amritsar

A sweeper has been caught prescribing neurology drugs in Guru Nanak Dev Medical College and Hospital, Amritsar.

The incident came to light on Saturday when the Medical College Principal Dr Sujata Sharma noticed a person holding prescription slips and medical certificates sitting outside the OPD of neurology department.

The person remained stunned when Dr Sujata came close to him and asked him about his credentials. She immediately called Dr Raman Sharma, who refused to recognise him. She also called other doctors who also failed to identify him.

Later, one of the employees of the hospital identified the person as Ashok Kumar Sabi, who works as a sweeper in the hospital.

The hospital staff swung into action and recovered a number of prescription slips and medical certificates signed by him.

The doctors were shocked after going through the prescription slips and medical certificates that the accused sweeper was not only writing neurology drugs but also issuing medical certificates.

The Modus Operandi

Though the Guru Nanak Dev Medical College and Hospital authorities have not registered any FIR against the accused sweeper yet, but has ordered a departmental probe.

Guru Nanak Hospital sources said that the accused sweeper Ashok Kumar Sabi is matriculate and has been posted in Neurology department from last 15 years.

He used to prepare the prescription slips and then guide the patients to the doctor concerned.

Ashok would ask the patients about their disease and then take them to an empty room. He used to tell the patients that the doctor is not available but would prescribe some medication on his own. He would also ask the patients to buy the medicines from a particular shop. All this was being done to pocket commission from the chemists.

The hospital administration is tight lipped about the sweeper, who by prescribing the drugs has put the hospital administration in the dock.

A gang involved in cheating patients is active in this hospital which prescribes medicines on behalf of specialist doctors, said the sources.

"A departmental probe is on and action will be taken against the accused employee soon," said Dr Surender Pal, Medical Superintendent Gurunanak Dev Hospital.

"We have conducted the probe and the accused employee has confessed his crime. The report is ready and will be submitted to the Principal Medical College on Monday," Dr Surender Pal added further.

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