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CM Arvind Kejriwal Makes Surprise Visit To GTB Hospital, Orders To Fill Vacant Pharmacist Posts

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| January 19 , 2018 , 13:27 IST

Delhi's Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal conducted a surprise inspection of Guru Tegh Bahadur (GTB) Hospital on Thursday. The Aam Aadmi Party chief was appalled with the long queues he witnessed at the hospital for free medicines but was satisfied with the drug availability.

Along with the state's Health Minister Satyendra Jain, Kejriwal reached the hospital in northeast Delhi to take in the stock of facilities available. Apart from the shortage of ultrasound machines, he was surprised with the empty spots at pharmacy counters.

"He has ordered vacant posts of pharmacists to be filled within 10 days so that the waiting time at the pharmacy counters is not more than 15 minutes. He also directed the chief secretary to open more pharmacy counters in the hospital," said an official.

While most of the patients seemed satisfied with the availability of medicines and services at the government hospital, few complaint about the doctors giving them long dates for surgeries and operations. After talking to patients, CM Kejriwal ordered the authorities to rectify the shortcomings.

Following the complaints, Kejriwal instructed the health minister and chief secretary to organise training and awareness sessions for doctors and patients respectively to fill them up regarding the scheme which facilitates the patient who has been given operation dates for more than a month.

Under the scheme, such patients will be immediately referred to a private hospital while all expenses will be borne by the Delhi government. Ever since coming into power, AAP government has paid special attention to state's healthcare department which, according to Kejriwal, has improved remarkably in the past years.

Arvind Kejriwal also attended a dinner session with the GST council and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday. Delhi's Deputy CM Manish Sisodia along with Food & supply and Environment Minister Imran Hussain was also in presence.