Armed with chemist receipts showing that a Sion Hospital patient's family spent Rs 4,000 on essential medicines as they were not available at the civic-run hospital, Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) representatives told state and civic authorities that such shortages could emerge as "security risk" for doctors.
Public hospitals don't have stocks of basic medicines such as antibiotic erythromycin aspirin or even gloves, forcing relatives to buy them from private shops. "Whenever there is a scarcity of medicines, resident doctors have to explain the situation to patient's families. But people come to government hospitals with the belief that they will receive services free of cost. They get angry with resident doctors as a result," said Dr. Lokesh Kumar from Central MARD. Such shortages are seen across public hospitals.
MARD met additional municipal commissioner I Kundan and chief of medical education department Dr Pravin Shingareto highlight six core issues. "Our doctors don't get maternity leaves or TB treatment leave," he said.
A MARD press release said medicine shortage also increases 'out of pocket' expense, pushing poor patients deeper into poverty. "It's essential to solve this problem with immediate effect," it said