Out-state ambulances making merry without any check

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Dear Editor,
Relatives of patients admitted in Government Medical College Hospital Jammu are taken for ride every night by some of the greedy ambulance operators, who convince them to shift their to some other hospital outside the State for better patient care services.
After obtaining the nod from the patients’ attendants, on constant persuasion, these ‘fly by night’ operators park their ambulances in hospital premises to shift the patients.
Interestingly, a section of hospital staff is acting as a facilitator and promotes early shifting of seriously ill patients to some private hospitals located in neighbouring states.
These outside ambulances not only charge hefty rates from patients but also earn cut money from corporate hospitals for bringing more business for them. They are operating openly and there is no check on them.
If one visits GMC premises in the evening, he can easily notice several private ambulances randomly parked in the premises and no one is actually concerned to verify their credentials and the purpose of visiting hospital premises.
Now question arises if GMC authorities claim to provide tight security arrangements, how ambulances with registration numbers of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and even Haryana, NCR region gain access in the hospital premises and get away easily with serious patients on board their ambulance.
In reality, It’s a nexus running in Govt Medical Hospital and there is nothing wrong in saying that some staff members are also involved in it. They are making money by befooling people and all this is running right under the nose of hospital administration.
Through your esteemed daily, I would like to request the concerned to kindly look into this matter and keep a check on such elements, hell bent to befool gullible people..
Shilpa Gupta,
Jammu.

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