Doctors, medical reps nexus tormenting CHK patients

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The doctors at Accident & Emergency Department of Dr Ruth Pfau Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK) have been prescribing costly medicines to the patients so as to enhance sales of their favourite medical stores for personal interests.

Credible sources said some doctors at the Emergency Department of the hospital had started malpractice and were openly breaching the medical ethics in Sindh’s largest teaching hospital due to the poor surveillance system.

The patients’ attendants are suffering a lot due to breach of medical ethics in CHK as doctors are prescribing unnecessary costly medicines to attendants so as to increase sales of their favourite pharmaceutical companies who reward them with commission and other benefits.

Such kind of malpractice is almost prevalent in all government-run hospitals of Karachi, but some doctors of Emergency Department of CHK with the nexus of pharmaceutical companies have started this sort of private practice at the hospital during evening and night hours where they prescribe unnecessary and costly medicines of their favourite companies.

The sources said hospital administration was unable to control those illegal activities despite the several complaints made by the general public.

The sad fact is that those medicines were available in the hospital pharmacy for free of cost distribution among patients, but were not being provided to them.

On the other hand, a male nurse and in-charge of morning shift was also reportedly found involved in medicine theft, sources told.

He said strict action would be taken against doctors, nurses and others if they were found involved in any malpractice.  Medical Superintendent, CHK, Dr Noor Soomro, was not available for comments.

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