Pharmacy shops illegally acting as collection points for different diagnostics in Kashmir: Pvt Diagnostic Centres Association

Pharmacy shops illegally acting as collection points for different diagnostics in Kashmir: Pvt Diagnostic Centres Association

Authorized diagnostic centres on verge of closing their centres; authorities have failed to take any action: Says Prez Umar Dhar

The authorized diagnostic centres in Kashmir are on verge of closing their centres as pharmacy shops have been acting as collection centres illegally, JK Private Diagnostic Centres Association alleged on Friday.

President of the association Umar Iqbal Dhar while talking to news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), said that it is unfortunate that the private health industry regulated by Acts is being subjected to unhealthy administrative vibes.

He said that many times it was brought in notice of concerned authorities to check why pharmacy shops are having collection points at their shops and are illegally minting money and making people suffer without any registration which otherwise is mandatory as per regulatory process.

Such complaints are pouring in from all over Kashmir suggesting that persons without any degree have been acting as "intermediators and collecting samples of patients."

“When a collecting person has no information how to deal with the sample then how come we can expect the samples will be properly checked and such negligent behavior can prove fatal,” he said.

He said the unemployed Diploma /Degree holders' have been running clinical establishments under registration from DHSK since the last decades in order to learn their livelihood in a legal way.

Despite being well qualified they have not got any government jobs that is why they started private labs so that their families may not suffer.

“But it is unfortunate that few doctors/ para medical staff, even few HDF employees, have a nexus with some person who runs labs illegally that can deteriorate the fame of a noble profession,” Dhar said.

He said that registered diagnostic labs have to pay rent, other expenses like registration renewal fees, municipal charges waste management charges, salary of employees etc for whom it is impossible to manage these expenses if this malpractice won't end as most of us are on verge of closing the centres when all customers are looted by such persons who run labs illegally and for whom pharmacy and other shops are acting as collection points.

Other association members while echoing the similar concern said that this issue was brought to the notice of authorities with proof but no positive step has been taken.

They requested LG Manoj Sinha and Secretary Health to personally look into it so that such things won't come to fore again and action must be taken against such persons

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