Dear Editor, 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 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 the hospital premises to shift the patients. It is also pertinent to mention here that a section of hospital staff for its own vested interest is acting as a facilitator and promotes early shifting of patients to some private hospitals located in the neighbouring states. These ambulances not only charge hefty rates from patients but also earn cut money from corporate hospitals for bringing more business for them. Through your esteemed daily I would like to ask GMC&H authorities who 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 patients on board in their ambulance. Last night I visited GMC and found that several private ambulances are randomly parked in the premises near the Academic Block and in no case the police post personnel appeared concerned to verify their credentials and the purpose of these private ambulances in hospital premises. There is a nexus running in GMC&H and worst is no one is concerned about this. The need of the hour is to keep a check on all this so that the patients and attendants coming to GMC&H do not become a pray to these people. D.P Singh (Raju), Jammu.
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